Close up photo of a keyboard and monitor.
Photo courtesy of Chris Miller / Byte Back

The biggest challenges I face right now are communicating with my parole officer and with other services. Why? Because I have no mobile device. I had a phone from Metro PCS, which was stolen from me while sleeping at the 801 East men’s shelter on the St. Elizabeths campus in Southeast. 

My challenges bring me hope knowing that there is something I need to be doing. My hope is it’s not too late to get it done. And it’s not. My needs are very simple: call my PO and make sure I see my clinical social worker for mental health. Without a phone to call them, I try to communicate by email. But again, without a personal device, that depends on which places that provide computer access are open during the pandemic. 

Communicating is always key! But it is even more important now.