"First of all I would like to talk about the positive things this job brings me. I can't tell you how much of a boost being able to save money for re-entry back into society. This program has taught me a good work skill which I am able to take with me when I leave. I have learned how to interact with my co-workers, and to use them to problem solve, which will help me no matter where I find employment. And the most important thing I learned is responsibility. For all of these things I am thankful."
We have received many letters and continue to see more come in. The responses have been fairly well-rounded with a range of positive, negative, and neutral tones. We want to share with you a letter we received from Farrell. Farrell resides at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution and works in OCE's Garment Factory. While he is able to see the positives in the skills he is learning, he has some changes he would like to see made. His last name has been redacted for considerations of safety and sensitivity. What he has to say in the following letter is real and in his own words.
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