Timothy Jones: Confronting the Past to Engage the Future

Timothy Jones, like so many of our participants, came to us with his own unique stories of hardship and success. Mr. Jones is a good example of a man that has truly tried to turn his life around by confronting his past---depression, juvenile detention, incarceration and substance abuse---in order to build his future.

He is one of many: in America black men such as Mr. Jones are six times more likely to be incarcerated than white men; while Hispanic men are 2.5 times more likely to be incarcerated than white men. Mr. Jones wants a second chance at a normal life, the kind that so many of us take for granted: like working.

After his release from prison, he knew that he had limited job options and a long-term addiction. Despite this, he made a choice to embrace his future, a choice which eventually led him to Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington.

While working with Skyland Workforce Center (a Samaritan Ministry satellite site), Mr. Jones joined the the Next Step Program in October 2016. He came to Samaritan Ministry wanting and needing to make a change, beginning with a giant first Next Step: obtaining his identification.

After completing the intake process, he realized that Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington was a judgement-free zone: that we were here, truly here, to help with more than just identification assistance. With the observation of his Case Work Associate, Naima Harrison, it was clear the Mr. Jones was having issues keeping his sobriety from illegal substances. This observation made Mr. Jones take notice and appreciate the level of attention and care that he was receiving.

In November, Mr. Jones came into the office and was so overwhelmed with the treatment and assistance that he received from the Southeast staff that he had tears of gratitude.

Within two days of his first visit, Mr. Jones was in the office meeting with a resume writer, and that is when Naima asked, "Is it ok if I try to find you an inpatient drug treatment, because I truly believe that before we can assist you with employment that we have to first address your drug abuse." Mr. Jones agreed, and with that one suggestion he made his second life-changing Next Step. He enrolled in St. Elizabeth's transitional house that offers a 6-month detox program.

Mr. Jones wants to continue turning his life around with the Next Step Program. Mr. Jones still has a long way to go before he is able to start working or obtain housing of his own, but he is dedicated to all of the hard work that is needed to turn his life around.