Harrisburg Magazine publishes article by columnist Tianna Reid telling the story of Marsha Banks. Read the full feature click here.
Details were published in PennLive Monday January 30, 2012. Click here to read the full story.
The Harrisburg Parks and Rec Track Team is headed to the Junior Olympics on August 3rd. Congratulations to the team, the parents and much thanks to Mayor Thompson for supporting these young people. This program has helped change the life of 35 young people, 15 of which made it to Nationals, and kept them positively involved in a healthy physical activity over the summer. Well with that being said, my daughter is one of those young people, and her and I are headed to New Orleans on Wednesday. All that to say I will not be at the meeting on Thursday morning, I'm sure you all can hold down the fort in my absence, I'm gonna go get me some southern Louisana food for a couple days. See you all when I return.
A clear-cut success story is about Paula Bolen, whom I met at the PROGRAM’s 2010 Annual Meeting, where she gave the invocation. Paula has come a long way since spending five years in state prison. Using an accounting degree she earned while in prison, she has worked for a local nonprofit for fifteen years, where she is now the accounting manager. What changed her life? During her second year in prison, she “got saved” (her words) and began thinking and acting in a whole new way, to the point that she wrote the judge who had convicted her, telling of the change she had experienced. The day she graduated with her college degree, a guard told her to report to Administration, where she learned that: The judge she’d written to had died after writing a letter urging that her sentence be commuted; his wife had mailed the letter posthumously; the Department of Corrections received it; and her sentence of 9-18 years had been reduced to five! Paula has published I Love Him More, and is working on a Masters in Psychology with the goal of opening a Community Wellness Center to serve women with drug and Mental Health issues in a safe and nurturing environment. Asked what she wanted most to say about her experience, Paula said “the five years in prison was the best five years of my life. You can find salvation in the strangest of places.” Way to go, Paula – your faith, your persistence, and your strength are inspiring to us.
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