Letter of Transformation

By Aishish

Winter 2021

Dear Reader,

Before I went to prison in 2015 I was homeless and doing drugs. I really didn’t care about life, so when I got locked up that actually saved my life. I did three years at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility. In my last 30 days they told me I would be releasing to Eugene. But I’m from Portland.

 I had only been to Eugene once to buy a car. I registered the car to my friend’s address there. Since that was the last address the DMV had on file for me, I had to parole in Eugene. I was confused when they told me that’s where I was releasing, especially considering I was only ever there for about five hours.

“What do you mean?” I thought. “I don’t know anything about Eugene.”

When my April 2018 release date finally arrived I was scared and stressed out. I didn’t know where I was going to go. The uncertainty had me going crazy! I ended up being placed in Sponsors’ Women’s Program. I knew a few of the other participants there, and they acted as my tour guides. They took me to places around Eugene, and helped me get out more. Eventually I learned my own way around town.

I would just like to say thank you, Sponsors. You have helped me so much—so much you don’t even know! Now that I am moving on, I just want to thank all the Sponsors staff for changing my life for the better. I especially want to thank Joan and Jesse.