Journey of Hope With Rodney Mathers

Hey Everybody!

We are taking a short break. The show will be back in July with more great ideas for ex-offenders and their friends and loved ones as they return home.

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Dr. Clete Bulach comes from a career in Education and has spent most of that time on the administrative end. He now has a company called Professional Development and Assessment Center. One of the services offered by this company is providing traing in conflict resolution and management. This is where Clete and my paths have crossed.

When comining home from long periods of incarceration, the former offender must learn to rid themslves of the survival/prison mentality. Society does not work the way prison does. Settling conflict with violence will simply get someone locked up again. These behaviors must be unlearned. Join as Clete describes how this can be done. You can find out more about Clete here: Clete Bulach.

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

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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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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?

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.


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

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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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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?