June 8th, 2010
This is a very encouraging story sent in by one of our readers that illustrates what a profound impact a stranger had in his life as he reached out to help him during a very pressing situation he found himself at the time.
I was recently released from prison and state law requires me to register as an offender. Registration requires an ID at a cost of almost $70.00. I did not have the money to get an ID, couldn’t register, and had an appointment with my parole officer in two hours. I was expected to have proof of registration and a $30.00 parole supervision fee with me at the time of reporting.
As you might imagine, the situation made me anxious. If I failed to register or failed to report to my P.O., I could be sent back to prison for six months. I called several churches to ask for help only to hear the unanswered phone ringing on the other end. I called one last number of what I thought was a church. The voice on the other end of the line explained to me who he was and rather than hanging up, asked me about my situation.
After telling my story, the man asked me where I was calling from, and then did something I never expected – he left work, picked me up, paid for my ID and parole supervision fees, and disappeared before I had a chance to thank him.
I don’t know anything about this man except his name is Roy and he works at Faith Based Solutions in Reno NV. And I know his kindness had an impact that will change me forever.
Sent in by M. Williams
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