My name is Rick Gray, and I have a vision. A vision of a country where people who make mistakes aren’t just locked up and forgotten about. Men and women who are children in adult bodies, suffering from primarily addiction issues, but more importantly heart sickness.
I am more than qualified to speak of such things as I myself was incarcerated in the Kansas Department of Corrections in 1993. Due to the grace and mercy of my God, and the fellowships of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, I have not found it necessary to drink, do any drug or go back to jail or prison since. I am a Volunteer in Corrections at Missouri Eastern Correctional Facility, and I have been taking NA meetings into the prison system for 18 years.
I am also a General Contractor in St. Louis, Missouri doing mostly rehab work and some remodeling for the past 17 years. I have 10 years of construction experience. In addition, I have been to New Orleans 5 times in the past 2 years helping with the Katrina Relief effort. The desire of my heart and my vision combines aspects of all of these experiences. It was suggested by my pastor to just share my vision with as many people as possible and let God do the rest. So, I humbly ask you to learn about the challenges facing men and women just released from prison and consider how you may help or be involved in some capacity.
While I know that this concept is not new, I am assured that the most important difference is that myself and others who will be involved in the training have been there. These guys listen and respond to former inmates and give a credibility that otherwise would not be present. It is of great importance that this vision continues.