OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – A subway couple who helped the Oklahomans through tough times received a big surprise that will ensure that dream continues.
Since 2012, Nancy and Joe Reeves have been helping incarcerated women recover from prison. They give them a place to stay, introduce them to church and have a relationship with their faith, and teach them skills to find work and make the difficult transition after being released from prison.
“It was almost set up for them to fail,” says Nancy Reeves.
“For women, a lot of their crimes are related to money or drugs and it is very difficult for them to get a job.”
Friends and loved ones gathered at their homes Saturday night to surprise them with a check for $110,000.
Back in 2014, they opened their homes to women who had been incarcerated and rehabilitated. Some of them, like Felicia Blalock, say the help has given them the support they need to get them back on track.
“It made a huge difference in my life,” Blalock said.
“I was struggling, just needed some help struggling with my addiction… just being in a place where I had support and accountability helped me.”
Others, like Charles Lamb, also felt Reeves’ support after he got out of prison.
“[They did] everything they can do to help us, and it’s all at their own expense,” he said.
“I don’t have anyone, I’m nothing and I want to change but I don’t have the tools I don’t have anyone in my corner… I believe in my heart that God will send someone else, but why the perfect match for us to meet Nancy and Joe. “
Others came to know Reeves’ through their faith that helped bring this surprise to life.
“Everything I have is from God, he just lets me manage it,” said Kristi McWhirter, who, with her husband Jerami, helped me make this donation.
“The best thing money can do is help people, so we feel lucky to be able to be a part of it.”
That donation will now ensure Joe and Nancy’s dreams can continue.
“Her dream is to one day have a home where she can help many women at once,” says Charles Lamb’s wife Laticia.
Reeves told News4 they’ve helped 15 women with transitions, but they’ve helped nearly 300 in their curriculum. Only six of them have relapsed.
They say they will use the gift to make sure they can help other women for years to come.
“We are all called to help our neighbors and our neighbors include those who are incarcerated,” she said. “I think we both feel like this is our calling.”
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