I joined eleven men as they prepared for a Jericho Circle Project Weekend Intensive. Each of them shared their experience as a Jericho Circle volunteer.
They work inside a prison with inmates in state and federal prison in Massachusetts. Jericho Circle volunteers facilitate weekly circles inside the prison and learn about accountability, integrity, and emotional intelligence. For them, it is a rewarding and healing experience. Many of the men go into prison one evening every week. This gathering was in preparation for a weekend when they would spend 23 contact hours with men inside the prison.
I was touched by their candor and vulnerability. I invite you to hear how they feel about their work.
“What I find when I go into Jericho Circle and I hear the stories of the men that are in there, is that very well could be me”
~ David Roelant
“When I sit with men who I trust probably more than any other people I encounter in my day-to-day routine. It sometimes baffles when I think I am sitting here in prison and these are the guys I trust most in my life"
~ Larry Cotton
“I am hard, but it soften my view of others of the human condition of suffering of how these become to be for all of us”
~ Vern Ludwig
"I am not just wasting my life. That I make a difference. That is the joy, making a difference"
~ Robert St. Sauveur
"I know that I have the potential, under the right circumstances, to probably commit the most hideous crimes on this planet. So, I identify with these guys"
~ Charlie DeVries
“A man’s heart is a man’s heart and that doesn’t change"
~ Steve Stanley
“What I find when I go into Jericho Circle and I hear the stories of the men that are in there, is that very well could be me"
~ Charlie Young
"Anybody that's willing to change their life for the better, I have time for"
~ Paul Fortier
“I work with men on emotional intelligence. And by doing that I also grow as an individual"
~ Joseph Portor
“It's given me a place to touch what's real in my heart. In a way which I don’t think I have the capacity to do before"
~ Steve Spitzer