POSTED: Monday, February 3, 2014 - 7:11pm
UPDATED: Monday, February 3, 2014 - 8:44pm
Henderson, Tx (KETK) — Pencils, a chalkboard, and text books.. at first glance this may seem like a regular classroom. But, the students are inmates, serving hard time for their mistakes.
Inmate Robert Buie says, " I felt like everything was going against me..and I was sorta mad at the world and mad at God."
The Bradshaw State Jail created the Jobs for Life program three years ago. The 16 week program is offered to inmates who are interested in learning job skills; resume writing, interviewing, etiquette, and networking.
The skills the inmates learn help them get back on their feet once released. The program volunteers inspire the inmates to do better, boosting their confidence in the process.
Buie says it's a confidence boost he definitely needed.
" I feel confident right now. As my date for release gets closer.. I get a little more nervous, but having been through the program and had the skills taught to me that I need to be assured to go in confidence..I stand on those and I stand on the confidence that God gives me that he will make a way."
Chaplain Alfredo Salvatore encourages inmates to seek the light in the journey the program provides.
" This dark place, because for [some] jail is a dark place.. can be a light. A sparkle of a light for a future."