Phil faced two big hurdles when he was transferred to the Nevada Department of Corrections reentry facility in Las Vegas.
The first, finding a job. He worried most about this. Like all reentry inmates he was expected to find work-release employment in relatively short order. If he failed, he'd be sent back "up north" to one of the NDOC camps or even High Desert State Prison - not at all what Phil had in mind for the remainder of his sentence.
But the employment stars aligned. He got a tip from another inmate working at a small restaurant on the Strip. This connection plus two years of prison food service experience, produced a cooking job within three weeks of getting to Las Vegas.
Phil was ecstatic. He had a job and what's more, he made parole. Things were coming together.
Well, not so fast. Now for the second hurdle, housing.
Being released on parole came with conditions. Phil's housing choices required advance approval by Probation and Parole. This narrowed his search a bit, however what really concerned him was what he found. Most of the places willing to rent to felons were crummy and located in questionable parts of the city. P&P might approve but none worked for Phil.
Landing a job right away was great but it meant the clock was ticking. Work-release inmates could stay at the reentry facility for three months from starting work, after that they were out, something particularly onerous for those paroling.
Weeks went by as he searched. Nothing. He was running out of time and near panic.
What to do?
Phil's father came up with the solution. He would help with the purchase a trailer if Phil found a trailer park near the bus line. And this is exactly what happened. Two days before the deadline Phil moved into his used 5th wheel trailer, set up in a quiet trailer park, three blocks from the bus line running directly to and from his job.
It's now up to Phil. He's doing well at his foot-in-the-door cooking position on the Strip. His housing is private and approved by P&P. If all goes per plan, he'll be off parole and fully on his own again by next summer.
Here's to you Phil. Stay the course, doing the do each day!
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