A Prisoner's Thank You
May 14, 2014
To the wonderful people of ALEH NEGEV:
T H A N K Y O U!
A huge Thank You for the extraordinary things you do on behalf of the extraordinary people that live in the village.
And another huge Thank You – for what you enabled us to receive.
It’s true that the main purpose of our coming was to volunteer and be the givers, but as the expression goes, “we came to give and left as the recipients”…
It’s also true that for a prisoner in rehab, every visit outside the prison walls has a secondary purpose, and that is the very fact that he can breathe the fresh air and interact with the outside world. But in this case it seems to me that the two purposes joined together to form a winning combination that is completely good for everyone involved – including the special residents of the village, the outstanding staff, the volunteering prisoners, and the accompanying officers.
In just a few days I will be receiving my freedom, but I am certain that the extraordinary, emotional encounter that I experienced here will continue to accompany me in the future, and will lead me to more volunteer opportunities on behalf of the community in my hometown.
I very much hope that the police commander will enable many more rehab prisoners to be partners in this special ALEH Negev community service program, thereby enabling them to discover a new window to the world while contemplating life…
Wishing you all continued growth and flourishing opportunity.
With heartfelt gratitude and wishes,
Shikma Prison – Ashkelon
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