***5/9/2013 – Time ran out for STA to be able to assist this family. Due to lack of both organizational and personal funds, STA was unable to help this family and had to turn both the Pinellas County jail and the family down. Severely saddening.
Yesterday morning, 5/6/2013, Straight Ahead Outreach-Taking back Your Life Inc. (STA) received another call from a Social Worker at the Pinellas County Jail asking us to assist with another inmate release this coming Thursday.
Straight Ahead Outreach(STA) is barely hanging on….but we could not say no to this request since the person involved hails from where our organization originates.
We have requested some assistance from Knoxville TN donors but we do not take that for granted so we are reaching out to all.
We would like to raise a minimum of $250 and a max of $500 for this need. Please make a donation today, anything helps as it all adds up. It would pay for a bus ticket home for this inmate and groceries for his family and children. He and his spouse are young, 24 & 26 years old with a 2 year old boy and a 1 year old girl.
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Below is a listing of how $500 would be utilized for this family:
1) $175.00 – Purchase of refundable Greyhound bus ticket, we buy refundable ones in case something happens.
2) $25.00 – For his food etc on the bus trip
3) $275.00 – To purchase a Food City, Kroger, Walmart or Publix Gift Card so the family has some groceries and supplies to give them a little head start lift.
4) $25.00 – for gasoline in our STA Mobile Crisis Outreach van to pick him up from the County Jail and to escort him to the Greyhound bus station and or other areas as needed before he gets on the bus.
STA provides critical services in the communities in which we operate or where ever we may be. One of the things we do is escort inmates being released from jail who have no one else to be there for them or help them.
This is an extremely valuable service to you the General Public, because you never know where these inmates may be coming home to……
It could be Your community.
STA does not have a facility, we are a 100% mobile, Mobile Crisis Outreach Unit.
We do not require those we help to get to us. We go to them. We do What Ever It takes.
In this case, we will greet the inmate on this Thursday as he comes out of jail at 5:00am and spend the next 1-5 days with him depending on when we can get him a Greyhound bus ticket home to Knoxville, TN.
Our goal is to keep him safe and out of trouble and above all to make a strong impact on his life in a very short time via Jesus Christ and His Father God.
We will Provide him Hope In Jesus’ name through direct conversation about his(the inmate) life and life choices and give him direction and ideas on how to stay on a path “Straight Ahead” so he and his family can “Take Back Their Life.” STA does not want this inmate to come out of jail and become homeless. We want him to go home where he is wanted and needed with his family. He also has a construction job waiting for him.
STA in these cases has a very brief time to accomplish this and we can do so only by the grace of Jesus Christ and His Father.
It works well.
Please….Will You help us Help this inmate and his family succeed?
Please make a donation now. Anything helps as it all adds up.
Providing Hope In Jesus’s name…Doing What Ever It Takes
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Plain and Simple Fact. We rely on folks like You for funds.
Folks like You rely on folks like us to do the work.