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Parole Team, Partners Work Together to Help Reentrant Succeed

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February 14, 2022 12:00 AM
By: DOC Staff

A man stands by his new van

Vincent was released from SCI Houtzdale on Nov. 24, 2021, to Tomorrows Hope in Coalport. He returned to the community with the goal to succeed, and he has worked hard to do just that.

Vincent is a U.S. Army veteran, so he has taken advantage of the various services that available through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He also attended the parole orientation class at the Altoona District Office, where he was able to enlist the assistance of Community Reentry Parole Agents to help him on his journey. The reentry team in Altoona helped Vincent get a winter coat as well as other necessities.

Thanks to the generosity of the Clearfield Community Action Vehicle Assistance Program, Vincent secured a $2,500 grant toward a vehicle to aid him in meeting his goals.

The Altoona reentry team assisted him in locating a dealership that would accept the Vehicle Assistance Program. In addition, the team also transported him to these appointments as well as other needs along the way.

Vincent has worked tirelessly toward building a new life for himself, and the Altoona reentry team says it was a true reward to help him along the way – especially when they took him to the dealership to pick up his new vehicle. They felt privileged to be there to to witness the profound sense of pride, accomplishment and gratitude in being handed the keys to his car. Parker commented how he went from making 19 cents an hour a few short months ago to signing the title to a car that is his.

On March 5, Vincent will make the transition from Tomorrow’s Hope to his own apartment in Altoona. His next focus is on securing gainful employment, and he hopes to use his CDL training to become a local truck driver.

Vincent talked about a vision of seeing himself behind the wheel of his own pickup truck in the future. With his level of motivation and determination he knows this is a real possibility, and the reentry team in Altoona not only knows he can do it but will be ready to help him along his path to success.

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