I just voted! For first time in my life, I stepped inside the polling place and "completed the arrow" that selects the candidate I think would best run our country. It was a simple action that took only a few minutes, but far too many years to achieve.
"If there is one thing that shouldn't be taken from someone-- ever-- it is voting. Isn't the point of the criminal justice system to return responsible, law abiding citizens back into their communities? Voting is a way of being a responsible, law abiding citizen. Voting should be something everyone has to do."
"When I got out, I started working with Jesse from OpenDoors. He was instrumental in getting me a job as a roofer. I started working at a car wash one day a week, too. Eventually, I was able to take a welding class and become a crane operator... For me, it was about learning that anything is possible, getting out of bed each day, and putting the right foot forward.”
"I first heard about OpenDoors from a friend who had been in prison. He said that OpenDoors had helped him find his first real job."
Noah Kilroy
Noah Kilroy was sitting in a prison cell for each of his birthdays between the ages of 19 and 23. Now, as a recent graduate of Salve Regina University, he will enter law school in September with high aspirations of becoming a public interest lawyer. "I know there are a lot of youth out there struggling," he said. "I'd tell them never be afraid to dream. I'd like my story to be an inspiration."
“I got tired of struggling because of my old ways. Before, I was living day to day. Now that I have a job, I can live for my family. Sometimes I work 105 hours in 2 weeks. Life is still a struggle, but it is a good struggle now, and I can manage it.”
“When I moved to Rhode Island, I didn’t know anyone. I was homeless, I didn’t have a job, and I didn’t have $5 to my name. OpenDoors helped me get a vender’s license, business license, and tax ID number to start selling natural beauty products online. I am a certified licensed welder, and with OpenDoors’ help, I was able to get a welding job in June. Now, I am working five days a week, with 10-hour shifts. For me, each day on the right path is another day of sobriety, God consciousness, family, and community.”

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