Grantee's Stories

The Way Back

The Way Back was awarded $10,900 in April 2021 to support soft-skills, job training, housing support and job placement services to increase employment opportunities for formerly incarcerated and veterans.

One story can highlight the power of the programs the Texas Bar Foundation helps fund. Here is Steven Tate’s story.

Steven Tate - Wayback Program

Steven Tate – Wayback Program Success

“When I was released from prison, I was met with one barrier after another from day one. The transition house program I had been accepted to was full and unable to provide me with housing. I was released without the normal documents the Texas Department of Criminal Justice usually provides (a state identification card, birth certificate, and social security card), and I had nothing but the clothes on my back. I had no where to go, no
transportation, no family in the area, and was feeling discouraged

I reached out to The Way Back and from that first phone call, the staff has gone above and beyond. They have been there every step of the way. From helping me obtain housing, to providing me with food, clothing, hygiene items, work boots, bus passes, and ordering my ID and birth certificate, they have made sure I have what I need to be successful. I don’t know where I would be or what life might look like right now had The Way Back not been there. They truly exhibit what it means to walk along side of others without judgement.

I’ve encountered many organizations that do similar work, but none truly lock arms with you and walk with you like The Way Back.

There has been such a transformation in my life and I have so much to thank God for. I am thankful that I have the right support to maintain my sobriety after being an addict for 30 years. I am thankful for such the resources and guidance I have received from The Way Back. And I am thankful for second chances that allow me to be a productive citizen who is now focused on encouraging others and bringing good to the world around me.

The Way Back has been a such a driving and guiding force in my new life. I know that no matter what time of the day or night I need to talk to someone, they are there. Early on, when things weren’t going right with my reentry and reintegration, they were there to encourage me and guide me.
When I overcame obstacles that seemingly came out of nowhere, they celebrated with me. I have people in my corner that have had genuine care and concern for me from day one.

The Way Back has helped me achieve my dream of owning my own business. I give back to my community through volunteer work at The Way Back and by encouraging others who are where I once was. I have reconnected with my family and have amazing relationships with them now.
Without The Way Back, I really don’t know where I would be right now. They changed my life and I thank God for them everyday.” -Steven T.