“Once I saw myself in the clothes provided by One Man’s Treasure I felt like a real member of society! I felt equal to others around me and immediately had more of the needed confidence to make a successful transition. Thank you for the life changing blessing.”
Thank you notes we receive from released inmates each day are powerful reminders of the importance of the work we do here at One Man’s Treasure. The letters reaffirm that the new clothes we provide to these men boost their confidence and enable them to more easily transition back into society. With the help of One Man’s Treasure, they hold their heads high as they interview for jobs and attend their churches.
But what really strikes me about these letters is that the inmates are so touched by the fact that someone cared enough to do this work on their behalf – that our selfless volunteers and donors have faith in them and want to give them a second chance. That’s a powerful message to someone who’s been in prison, where trust is difficult, if not impossible, to attain. I have to believe that boost of confidence and that renewed sense of trust plays a strong role in our program’s success.
In fact, while studies show that approximately 30% of released inmates are reincarcerated within 3 years, only 13% of One Man’s Treasure beneficiaries are reincarcerated within that time frame.
Without the help of One Man’s Treasure, a released inmate in Texas walks out with some used clothes that may or may not fit, a bus pass and $100. Our program provides these men with clothes specifically chosen for them to meet their needs and a resource guide to other services available. The clothing is delivered to our clients at their residence by a male volunteer who also takes time to visit with them and offer encouragement. During recent years, we have been able to serve over 800 men annually, a mere 10% (+/-) of the men estimated to be released to our Dallas area communities. With your support, we hope to increase that number to 1300+ this year, providing more men with the added boast of confidence and trust that will allow them to be active members of their community, rather than repeat inmates without hope for the future.
Annette Jenkins, Executive Director