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Hello everyone!

In this week's episode we take a look at a study done by the Justice Policy Center of the Urban Institute. From 2001 to 2006, the Justice Policy Center did a study to determine what challanges men and women face upon returning home from incarceration. When I compare my experince to their high end research, there are a lot of "duhs" along with some strange outcomes. However, everyone's experience is unique even though there are undoubtedly some common issues. So we take a look at the study to see what we can learn for loved ones coming home or formerly incarcerated individuals looking for validation of their struggles. There are no answers here this week and that really is my point. It takes high end research scholars to tell us that ex-offenders have a hard time finding a job? Hey scholars - where are the answers?

You can see the entire study here : Justice Policy Center Study

Remember, if God is for you, who can be against you?

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Journey of Hope With Rodney Mathers (187)

Hello!

It's just a fact that someone coming home from prison is going to need some help. It's not just about financial and job issues. Dealing with the changes that have taken place while someone has been incarcerated can be a strange experience! Believe me, I know about this! Within the first 48 hours of being paroled there were several things that jumped out at me. Slang had changed: people were saying, "really?" and "seriously?" People were eating chicken on a biscuit for breakfast. Where did all the Ekard drug stores go? These changes might seem ridiculous to most but to me, they were glaring!

Ex-offenders will also need help in dealing with the way society treats them. Rejection is probably the most intense of these behaviors of people toward ex-offenders. 

We will discuss these things and several other things that ex-offenders could use a little help with upon returning home on this episode of JOH.

If God is for you, who can be against you?

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Hi everybody!

My guest this week is author Everett De Morier. Everett writes for 543 magazine and his book, Thirty-Three Cecils, won the top prize for fiction at the London Book Festival in 2015. One of the people he writes about in this book is an ex-offender and Everett explores his post incarceration life. Join me as we discuss Everett's take on all of this. You can check out Everett's book and his upcoming book as well by clicking HERE.

Remember: If God is for you, who can be against you?

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Hello Everyone!

My guest this week has had drug dealers talking about where to burry his body and hit men tring to kill him. Merle Temple has been a deputy sheriff, an agent for the Mississippi Bureau of Narcatics (captain), a campaign chairman, an author, and an inmate in a federal prison. Merle discusses his life, how he reintegrated, and how his books are being used to help people. Check out my interview with Merle Temple and afterwards, check out his web page: Merle Temple

Remember, if God is for you, who can be against you?

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From routine stress test to double bypass!

 

During a routine stress test and echo, which I have every 6 months, some issues were discovered. After a battery of tests it was determined that I needed bypass surgery. The surgery was on March 2, 2018 and I returned home March 6, 2018. I have returned home to dozens and dozens of emails about cancelled and missed interviews. I will be getting in touch with guests soon. Feel free to inquire about scheduling an interview if you dont hear from me. Hopefully I'll get things rolling again soon.

 

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Hello Everyone!

Finally, we're back!

My first guest of the new year is John Kennedy. John has worked with the Marines in the context of PTSD and when I was first corresponding with John about appearing on the show, it was the PTSD that jumped out at me. Any time I see a potential guest that has worked with individuals suffering from PTSD it peaks my intrest. 

Here's why:

It is my belief that in some cases, released offenders can have mild to serious PTSD. Some people that are incarcerated in prison (not county jail....PRISON) are intermingling with persons of the same street mentality they left prior to prison. There are other individuals that prior to prison had been in professional careers, are college educated, and had never been in trouble before. This is much more common than the general public realizes.

It is these individuals I think will benefit from John Kennedy's techniques. These individuals are not wise to ways of "the street". They spend each day of their incarceration trying not to show the weaknesses that WILL result trouble. The courtesies of professionalism don't translate to prison culture. These individuals suffer from PTSD after release in my view. If you have to worry about your personal safety every day for years while coming from a sheleterd background, I really don't see how anyone can argue this point.

John's technique adresses this and other conditions by physically changing the brain to be more efficient at the processing level.

After the interview, check out John Kennedy's web page: click here

On a different note, check out my new video:  https://youtu.be/2VQJiIQp-gM

Remember, if God is for you, who can be against you?

 

 

 

 

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Journey of Hope With Rodney Mathers - Christmas Break!

Merry Christmas! We’re going to take a break for Christmas and we’ll be back the first week of February, 2018 with all new guests and ideas for making a successful transition and reintegration. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Journey of Hope With Rodney Mathers (182)

Hi Yall!

I hope everyone was able to get some time around someone you care about and some good chow for Thanksgiving!

My guest this week is Elizabeth O'Keefe and man does she have a story to tell! I hope you find at least one idea in her story that that will help you on your journey to put prison and what put you there behind you. 

I've never done this before but I'm going to let Elizabeth give you a preview of her story. These are her words:

 

 

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Hello Everyone!

One of the things I like to do with this show is to interview people who I think, by picking their brain, I may find a good ideal or two. I'm never disappointed! Robert Galinsky, my guest on this episode, has a background I knew would produce some nuggets of useful help. As expected, Robert didn't disappoint.

Robert is banging away at doing what he loves and spending the ballance of his time working with incarcerated teens on Rikers Island. His main gig is writing plays and he currently has a play called The Bench being performed at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York City. He's got a good grip on what incarceration looks like and what it takes to work toward personal goals. What a great combination for our purposes here on Journey of Hope.

Join me for my chat with Robert Galinsky and you'll find some thoughts that just may be helpful to your reintegration. 

And as always remember, If God is for you who can be against you?

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Welcome!

My guest this week is British psychologist, Kyle Davies. Kyle addresses the issues of depression, chronic pain, chronic fatigue, and anxiety. He does so in a way rhat requires a deep look within one's self instead of trying to fix these things from the outside in. The technique here is to develop resilience from the inside out.

Join me for my discussion with Kyle and look for things he says that you might be able to use in your reintegration. If you're interested, you can find out more about Kyle by clicking here.

If God is for you, who can be against you?

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