I’m Josh, age, father of 5 and I’m a team leader for We Are Here 4 Reentry. I want to thank everyone for viewing our website. It offers vital information regarding useful resources. My journey to become a team leader in We Are Here 4 Reentry began through drug abuse, alcohol, and incarceration. In 2009 I was incarcerated for 2 counts of of attempted armed robbery, possession of a handgun, and a violation for possession with intent. I was sentenced to 20 years. I was fortunate to take self help and drug classes. My sentence was reduced and I was released in 2015 after 6.5 years through Public Safety Compact. Through PSC I was given an opportunity to volunteer my services and to help create this website. So please feel free to browse the page and ask any questions and good luck on your journey.
My name is Derris. I’m 35. I came from a broken home - the only boy in the house. I first got locked up at 12 or 13 and been in and out all my life. I ended up getting 25 years when I was 21 and I did 12.5 years on it. But while I was in I started to see a better way to live and I got enrolled in a lot of programs to better myself. Then I came home in the Public Safety Compact program and they have been a great support with helping see my first full year on the streets living the right way. Getting involved in this program has been a really great experience to help others do what I’ve done and what can be done.
My name is Antoin Quarles El. Raised in North West Baltimore area. I learned to survive under the measure that was before me. No opportunity but to hustle, assuming hope and looking to better the conditions that I’ve seen. After serving repeated sentences adding up to 19 years for conspiracy, distribution, house raids, guns; friends passing from overdoses, and after being stabbed and shot i believe things must change! Today I provide resources for men, women and youth! Today change is a vision of one reality of HOPE (Help oppressed people excel), the Core Action Team, and Accelerator Project, Safe and Sound, Elevation, PSC. Help many achieve and redirect a new way to live. I am on 2 staff directories/Resource fairs advocate coach for returning citizens. I have my own home, I’m Free, im free. Today i am a hope that many can achieve and what many others that came before me.
Hey, my name is Michael Allen. A Baltimore native, born and raised and I’m amongst the many victims of society’s epidemic of suffering poverty, a broken family, physical and mental abuse, and many years wasted in prison. Recurring thoughts and feelings of my experiences lead to my depression, stress, frustration, and ultimately substance abuse. Now I’m here to share my testimony and assist other who may have endured similar experiences and need open arms to help pull them through the fire. Apparently, my way hasn’t worked. Thankfully, there was a path laid out for me and I followed it. Now today I am working, drug free, continuing my education and celebrating my first two years on the street since the age of 13. Programs like Public Safety Compact, Safe & Sound, and now Here 4 Reentry program and their staff have lead the way. If it worked for me, trust and believe it can most definitely work for you. Support Here 4 Reentry!
I use to have a problem with drugs for 20 years and during my addiction I had a lot of problems with breaking the law to support my addiction. So I was in and out of prison for part of my life--- each time I was released I didn’t have any resources for how to get the help I needed and ended up back where I started. During my last incarceration I was accepted into the Public Safety Compact Program. For once, I had someone who believed in me and gave me a chance. Someone who showed me the tools to use to be better at life. Then I was introduced to the Here 4 Reentry program which gave me the opportunity to give back what I received from the PSC Program. I want to help others as I was helped and find a way to build up the different tools that worked for me and others in the Here 4 Reentry program. I’ve worked numerous hours gathering information to help others who have similar stories.
I went to jail in 2008 and got 12 years for selling drugs and having guns on me. Now I just want to do better for myself...have my own place, going to meetings. My sis Donna got me the hook up with the Here 4 Reentry group and now I can help others with their reentry. I wanna thank Carly, Kelly and Kate for welcoming me into Here 4 Reentry!
Hi, I’m Carly. I was born and raised here in Baltimore. I got involved with Here 4 Reentry as a student in MICA’s Social Design masters program because I think our country’s criminal justice system is horrible. Reentry is a massive problem here in Baltimore because people are not given the tools, resources and opportunities they need to succeed. How can you rebuild your life if you don’t have access to basic necessities like clothing, a place to stay, and food while you work up to gaining employment? I feel so so lucky to work on this with all of these amazing leaders! As someone who has not been incarcerated and therefore has never experienced reentry, I learned so much about all of the nuanced and interwoven problems that people face every day. I am constantly inspired by this group’s energy, creativity and passion for helping others. Come get connected with us and join Baltimore’s Here 4 Reentry movement !