It has been six years since an inmate spoke to me concerning his family. He told me he had three kids and that he did not know anything about them or where they were. At the time it was 14 years that he was in prison and when he was incarcerated his children were very young.
The HOPES (Helping Others by Providing Emergency Shelter) Homeless Resource Center is a place to go when there is nowhere else to go. HOPES serves as a home-base for those who need a place to stay and assistance to get back into housing. It is not a place to just hang out, but truly a resource center to assist those who want to become self-sufficient. Every guest is assigned a case manager who works with them to establish goals, weekly action steps, and connect them with the appropriate services to help. Additionally, HOPES provides things like food, computer access, phone, laundry, shower facilities, and overnight shelter in the winter months.