Almost 10 years ago, I met a young man named Terrence in a juvenile prison who had been locked up at the age of 12. He is an amazingly gifted young person who withstood prison life for 13 years and is being released for the first time at age 25.
I am part of a committee who has formed to help him with his re-entry into life in Nashville. As you can imagine the challenges facing him are enormous. He will need everything from socks and underwear to someone willing to give him driving lessons and teach him how to use a computer-- or even what the internet is for that matter. The learning curve is steep and those of us who have known him these last 10 years are trying to do everything we can to assure his success.
If you have time, interest, money there is something you can do. A fund has been set up for his benefit (see paragraph below).Janice Bright was his English teacher in juvenile prison and is a close friend who has done a great deal to help Terrence over theyears. From Jan:
Please make any checks or money orders payable to: Janice Bright for Terrence and send to P.O. Box 1653, Smyrna, TN
37167. The bank couldn't be opened in Terrence's name without him present so we have opened an account in my name
for him, and the account will be switched to his name in the form of a checking account for him as soon as he is
released. We will be giving the account to Terrence as a surprise upon his release.
If you have an interest in helping Terrence, feel free to step forward. Although he is rather humbled by the support shown him thus far, he understands that in orderfor him to succeed, accepting what others have to offer him is critical for his re-entry. Terrence is a beautiful, gentle and talented human being who had the misfortune of being at the wrong place with the wrong people at the wrong time--at the age of 12. Please excuse the spastic spacing in this blog. For some reason the program would not adhere to the rules of proper format. Whaddaya gonna do?