Reno, NV (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- A local nonprofit that provides computer access and job connections to ex-convicts is fighting to keep its doors open.
“I don’t think I could have made it without them and it really breaks my heart to see this program in the financial situation that it’s in now,” says Jimmy Paster.
Jimmy Paster served 9 years at the Nevada Department of Corrections when he got out, he had nowhere else to go, “I literally came here with the clothes on my back, I didn’t know anyone and they became family.”
Despite his criminal history, Jimmy is now the day shift supervisor at Reno-Sparks Cab Company.
Michael Schjang served 25 years in the Nevada prison system and just got out last October. He credits the Executive Director of My Journey Home, Elaine Voigt with his success since getting out, “She directed me, she
helped me, I owe a lot to Elaine.”
Michael is still looking for work, but hopes to eventually sell his artwork.
Since 2008 Elaine has provided computer access and job connections to men and women just getting out of prison. She was able to do so through federal grants, but those grants are currently on hold, leaving the
future of the program unclear.
“We need to keep these doors open we see on average about 1800 people a year, on average about 200 a month, these people need to have a place to look for work,” says Elaine Voigt.
For more information about My Journey Home visit: http://www.myjourneyhomenv.org/1501.html