Chester was released from prison after 38 years. in another year he will be 80 years old.
His family have all passed away for starters, so when he was released he had no one to come home to.
Only the helping hands of volunteers like you to help him adjust to a new world.
So again the question… What has changed?
David Letterman was not a successful late night host…
The Berlin Wall was still standing…
Cell phones? Forget it…
Yes we had cable TV but it was 14 bucks …
No space shuttle…
Michael Jackson had not released Thriller…
Elvis was still alive…
No one was texting - blogging - surfing the web - Skype NOPE - Instagram - logging on - Siri…
Chester was amazed at this new world…
A church started helping him adjust and people were lining up to take him to lunch and dinner.
He has a place to stay - again thanks to volunteers and he just got his social security check…
This man is grateful - thankful to God and in awe of the new world he is in.
I asked Chester what he needed and he responded quickly that he didn't need anything,
"Well what would you like?" I asked probing deeper.
"JR, I only have my white prison socks… and they looked pretty funny with the dark suit I put on last Sunday… so I would love to have some black socks…"
"Done" I said
He thought for a moment…
"If I could, I would like a pair of suspenders…" he pulled his pants up as he told me this.
"My belt just doesn't keep my pants up like I would like them."
"Not a problem" I responded…
"Nope guess that's it".
Chester got his socks for the nest Sunday's visit to church and I took him to pick out his own suspenders the next day… In the store I offered to get him anything else… but he said he he was good.
The fact of the matter Chester WILL need more things.
Eventually he will need to get into permanent housing.
But most importantly he needs a social network - he will need friends to call him, check in on him and help him as he lives out the rest of his life a free man.
Will you volunteer to pray for Chester, perhaps call him, or even take him to lunch…
That is what we do here at www.theprojectnashville.com.
We are looking for volunteers who will Pray - Help when you can - and support our efforts.
I know all of you can pray - so sign up and let us know you will be praying for our efforts.
Some of you can help as we send needs out there. Even if it is simply a pair of socks or suspenders…
and it is only through our generous supports that we are able to serve our fellow man with their immediate needs and direct them to agencies who will help with their longterm needs.
If you would like to volunteer sign up here.
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