Alex’s Story- Prison and Homelessness-click for full story

When you get out of prison, you have visions of an alternative life – one with purpose and comfort and
people who care about you. Here I was, just released, in the middle of a snowstorm, alone, lost,
frustrated and angry. Prison, I thought, was better than this.

But in that moment, I planted the seed to my recovery. I went into a store and bought a planner. Even in my despair, I knew that an organized mind was the way forward. I needed to put one foot in front of the other. I needed a plan.

The next day, I went to the Murphy Center. The people there provided me with clothes and
information. That may not seem like much, but on a cold winter’s night in a place that’s foreign to you
with no family or friends, that act of kindness means the world. Just being able to talk to somebody is a
minor miracle.

I saw three different counselors – for employment, for help with services and for parole re-entry. And
the next day I had my first job as a day laborer. I am a cook, certified in all sorts of cuisines, and it wasn’t
long before I had a full-time job as a cook.