Every once in awhile you come across a program that really tugs at your heartstrings. You just know deep down this is really something and will make a difference in so many lives. A month or so ago, I came across The IF Project. Rather than come up with something flowery, this is what it says on their website:
We are a collaboration of law enforcement, currently and previously incarcerated adults and community partners focused on intervention, prevention and reduction in incarceration and recidivism. Our work is built upon–and inspired by–people sharing their personal experiences surrounding the issues of incarceration. This project is based on the question:
If there was something someone could have said or done that would have changed the path that led you here, what would it have been?
How would you answer that question? Reflect for a moment on the choices you’ve made and where you are now. Are you feeling pretty good, or do you many have some regrets? How would your life have changed? Now consider this question asked of a woman behind bars and understand how much she has had to face to even come to this point.
Please take a moment to watch the short video and consider what you can do to be that someone, that by simply being there changed another person’s path.
Inspired by Herb Blake
This section is devoted to the inspired work of those dedicated to addressing the needs of the recently released from incarceration, individuals that have been victimized and the community to heal and know that in the human community all things are possible.