Blog: We Want You!

“We Want You!”


An inmate walked in my office at the chapel needing to see a chaplain. He expressed his anxiety and concern because he was scheduled to be released from prison in 2 days and was afraid he would go back to using drugs and/or end up back in prison. This situation was compounded by the fact that he had just learned that he would not be allowed to move out of state to stay with his mother because of his probation. His only option at that point was to go to a homeless shelter.

After talking with him and hearing his desire to work on his recovery, I recommended connecting him with the Winston-Salem Rescue Mission. I got him an application and set up a phone interview with the Mission. This man, who had been using alcohol and drugs for 40 years, and had been incarcerated for most of his adult life, was at his breaking point and he wanted change.

During the interview with the Rescue Mission, he was told that they would accept him and that they wanted him. When he heard these words, he immediately broke down and began to cry. He had experienced so much rejection in his life that he was overwhelmed by the love and acceptance he was receiving. We paused and honored that moment, and this man who came into my office feeling anxious and dejected, left with a smile on his face and hope in his heart.


Chaplain Tejado Hanchell

Forsyth Jail & Prison Ministries