Wow, I'm so glad I was referred to this place. I was in prison and I was about to be released in about one month. I reached out to F.O.R.C.E.S. and they worked with me throughout the entire process up until I was back home with my friends and family. They immediately took me under their wing. I wanted to get my high school diploma and I was referred to Venice Skills Center. I only need two classes and I got my high school diploma. I will be walking with the class of 2018. I also got a job in construction thanks to the referrals that was given to me. I killed two stones at one time. Thank you F.O.R.C.E.S for believing in me.
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I am currently an inmate in prison. I found out about F.O.R.C.E.S. through a fellow inmate who was released about 2 years ago. I believe he ran across Mrs. Willingham at a transitional housing in Compton, California. He provided me with her contact information, and I have been in contact with her every since. I need an outlet from keeping my from coming back into prison, and I feel this maybe my only chance. I'm up for parole this year, and Mrs. Willingham has already began working hard for my return to society. She has found me several re-entry housing facilities, job training sites and has donated free books through bars. I am excited to return home, because of the possibilities that will be waiting for me. F.O.R.C.E.S. is such a blessing.
I must say that I am very pleased with F.O.R.C.E.S. This organization maybe new, but they do not hesitate to assist one with the things that are needed. They are located in Venice, CA and I am in Sacramento, California. They did not let the distance stop them from being of service. I emailed them Monday morning and received a response by that evening. I was being released in 2 weeks after being free for 4 months. Not only did she find me housing, she lined up interview with Old Navy, Gap, Home Depot, Walmart, and Manpower. She even created a resume, so that I can take with me on my interviews. I now hold 2 jobs, a place over my family heads, and I am working on my High school Diploma. Thank you FORCES for all your hard work, your commitment, and standing by your mission statement is what will help our community become great.
Just when I thought there was no where to turn, F.O.R.C.E.S. has been working with me for the past 3 years, at my soon to be former home, Prison. They have been here to visit me several times to make sure I'm on the right path to become a better individual. With the letters and continuous open communication, I will be paroled on November 11, 2017. F.O.R.C.E.S. has found me a halfway house, an adult school where I can obtain career training and a part time job with the oil refinery. I cannot wait to go home and see the look in my kids eyes when they see that I am a changed individual. There are some people out there that believe we all need second chances.
I was in and out of prison since the age of 13. I realized enough was enough, when I was released in 2007. I have missed many years of my son's life and i would not loose our anymore. I have been to many programs, but none were to my liking. I shared with Dalya, F.O.R.C.E.S., my vision and she helped it become a reality. Dalya assisted me with getting my high school diploma, drivers license, and helped me get a job as a janitor. Although this was not what i wanted, it was a start and it kept me off the streets. Through hard-work and determination and the constant check-ups, Dalya made sure that my original mission was still at hand. I must say it was worth the pressure she has put on me. Today I am a proud business owner of, "My Touch Gardening."