After nine months behind bars, Jerry walked out of jail and into a world almost as cold and hostile as the one he had left.
He was homeless and unemployed for a year. He finally entered a church seeking help. From there, Jerry was taken to a halfway house in Baxter, where he tried to get back on his feet.
“I attended church every Sunday, but with the charges I had, no one would hire me,” he said.
“I went everywhere but no luck.”
The turning point came in December of 2011, when the halfway house referred Jerry to Goodwill Career Solutions in Cookeville. There he got training in job readiness skills, forklift operation and more. He was ultimately offered a job working in the nearby Goodwill store.