After 15 years in prison, freedom had finally come – but with conditions attached. I was to be released on a form of probation, called Conditional Release, that I had transferred to Kentucky so I could live with my father. All was well until one of the conditions of my release caused a disagreement between Florida and Kentucky – Florida demanded that I be on electronic monitoring for the full two years of my Conditional Release, but Kentucky (like most rational states) would only have kept the monitoring for six months. Florida canceled the transfer and, upon my release, I was instructed to report to Indian River County probation within 48 hours.
Indian River, happy to have me back, offered no assistance. Having no place to live, I was told that there was only one hotel in the county that met my restrictions and I could stay there for $100 per night, or I could live in the woods behind Walmart.
During my eight day stay in the hotel, I was frantically searching for housing, only to be denied time and again, either because of my residency restrictions or the conditions of my release. I was running out of time and I was close to giving up, thinking it would be a good idea just to go back to prison to finish my time. As a last ditch effort, I decided to buy a car and live out of it as I couldn’t afford the hotel long term.
That same day I received a call from Restoration Destination. I had a bed waiting.
After eight days of having the ground ripped from beneath me, I finally found a footing. An impossible burden was lifted from me and my family was relieved.
I quickly found that Restoration Destination offered me much more than just a bed. It is a community where there are many helping hands, and I do not feel alone here. Many others here have been through experiences similar to mine and they want to help. Having to be apart from my family in Kentucky for the time being, I’ve found a new family with Restoration Destination and I couldn’t be thankful enough. I don’t know where I would be without you. I don’t know where I would be without Restoration Destination and it’s supporters.