May 28, 2019

Fear and Worry Upon Release, Persecution Ahead

From Lonely Dragon by Donny Welch (author's profile)

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Fear And Worry Upon Release, Persecution Ahead

Hello, everyone. I have been granted parole and find myself worried about what is going to happen.

I will have completed over 15 years straight, so I really don't know what it's like out there anymore. I have gotten old in here. I was 36 when I got locked up and will be 51 upon release. When I was out, an old homo was a lonely homo. I have picked up a couple of physical issues that will make it very hard to work and the type of jobs I was good at involved intimidation and hurting others. I refuse to do that anymore, so I'll have to figure out a way to live on S.S.D.I. without any side hustles.

I'll be living in a halfway house when I get out because I don't know anyone out there, and more of them charge between $450 to $600 a month. S.S.D.I. isn't even $800 a month, and I'll have to pay supervision fees and the programs they make us take. So, I'll have less than $200 a month left over. How am I supposed to save enough to rent an apartment, buy shoes and clothes, a dependable car, a computer, and the programs to work on my writing?

I'm a sex offender with a violent history, so it's pretty much a guarantee that the cops and parole offices are going to give me a hard time. I'm gay, so what Christian isn't going to tear into me and let me know I'm an abomination? How am I supposed to begin a healthy relationship in second-hand clothes, no car or apartment, and no money?

Look, I know fear and worry are tools of the enemy. I trust God, but I've already been rejected by several Christian programs and organizations because of my charges. I have absolutely no support out there, no friends, no family, no help. And a society that looks like it has no intention on giving me a second chance. If anyone has any ideas, please let me know. God bless you all.

Peace and love :),

Comment on this site or write me at:

Donny Welch #1375713
McConnell Unit
3001 S. Emily Dr.
Beeville, TX 78102

Or email me at www.jpay.com

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Cavak Posted 7 months, 3 weeks ago. ✓ Mailed 7 months, 2 weeks ago   Favorite
Hey there! I've sent some emails to some organizations that may or may not help you. I'm hoping they'll contact you soon.

One of them already got back to me. Here's what they said:

"Donny Welch can find assistance in Beeville by contacting Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend.

They have a career center in Beeville located at 3800 Charco Rd, Beeville, TX 78102. You may contact them at 361-358-8941 or 800-666-0479. The center offers support services for job seekers, including those with criminal backgrounds."

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I don't know if you have contacted them or not, but there is a nonprofit Texas organization that claims to help people in your situation. Maybe give them a shot.

I'll copy and paste their information here for you. Good luck! Don't give up on yourself!

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Texas Inmate Families Association
TIFA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Our mission is to break the cycle of crime by strengthening families through support, education, and advocacy. TIFA also provides parole workshops as well as online resources for our members.

What we do
TIFA provides support, education, and advocacy for our members through monthly chapter meetings, this website, a quarterly newsletter, and access to the executive director of TIFA. Some of our accomplishments and services:

* Provide several different types of workshops that orient new families to TDCJ and that answer questions about parole and how to assemble a parole packet
* Provide webinars to our members who cannot attend chapter meetings because of distance or their schedule
* Launched new chapters and increased new memberships and renewals
* Send holiday cards with inmate-specific greetings from local chapter members to their loved ones and others without outside support so they know they are not forgotten during the holidays
* Send weekly Constant Contact email messages to keep members informed about important issues, conditions and changes
* Distribute, free TDCJ approved clear coin purses for member use when visiting loved ones
* Locate inmates who have been transferred from county jails to TDCJ for anxious families
* Represent members in discussions with TDCJ and legislative officials
* Provided ongoing updates about the Texas Legislature
* All of the above items were provided to members as a part of their memberships in TIFA.

Texas Inmate Families Association
P.O. Box 300220
Austin, TX 78703-0004

Phone: (512) 371-0900
Email: tifa@tifa.org

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