Ben was surprised to be released a year ago at his second Parole Board hearing after serving half of his three year sentence. He was released with the support of the Pathway Trust’s Individual Re-Integration Plan which covered his accommodation, spiritual support through Papanui Baptist Church, counselling, social work support and budgeting.
The first three months proved to be a real challenge for him and his supports and he found it difficult to adjust to life in the community. This was further complicated by deterioration in his own mental health. Over time this has settled and we were able to advocate for Ben to get a permanent housing option in a city council flat. We were also able to help his supporters link him in with a church family and to engage in a budgeting/pre employment course through Kingdom Resources.
A year later Ben is still living in the community, he now works as a storeman at a furniture warehouse and is a still a part of Papanui Baptist Church. He has not re-offended and is starting to make plans for the future. In a self reporting review, which we do with all the men we work with, Ben noted that Pathway “…gives prisoners hope, some of who have none. They also support and work towards the best interest of their (clients). They have helped me to think through obstacles and not to give up.”
“I have one offender whom Pathway has worked with – their input was invaluable with the client and also liaisons with me. This is my first experience and a very positive one of working with Pathway”
Probation Officer, Christchurch area
“Pathway Trust in particular Carey is an amazing organisation which has helped me greatly. I owe a debt of gratitude.”
Paul released 3 June 2008.
“It is extremely positive and helpful organisation that teaches and encourages you be an honest, hardworking, motivated person.”
Daniel released 3 June 2008.