Growing up in a dysfunctional and violent home, Delbert did anything he could to feel accepted. By age 21, he was entering prison for the first time. When Del came out of incarceration for the last time, he had no clue what to do. He was struggling; he felt that success would be impossible, and he was ready to throw his hands up and give up.
“I was sure that I would get sent back inside. But that isn’t what I wanted. I wanted to be a productive member of society.”
St. Vincent de Paul Reentry entered his life to walk him through. The team there did more than offer advice. They helped him get his birth certificate, photo ID, and license and managed all the paperwork. Because Del was unfamiliar with computers, St. Vincent de Paul Southwest Idaho Reentry Services helped him with online employment applications. As he reflects on the experience of reentering society, he says, “This is the most peace I’ve ever felt in my life.”