A HAPPY AND A BLESSED NEW YEAR
TO YOU AND YOURS
Looking back and up, we have been truly blessed. Never did
we think we would be a ministry almost forty years now. We still
reflect on the turmoil I went through when I became a Christian,
Yvonne growing up in the church me on the streets. I studied the
Bible and she helped. I tried every job our church had but I did not
fit. Hebrews 13.3 lead me to prison. I called Soledad and was
accepted to teach Bible. I taught as I learned. Yvonne joined me. I
pushed, she pulled but Jesus won. That was almost forty-five years
ago. The God Squad had been born and Someone Cares was
formed. Both Yvonne and I were offered jobs as full-time, volunteer
chaplains at one dollar a year. We soon became a non-profit
OUR 2018 PRAYER
As we start a New Year,
we pray that those reading this will get
involved, if not with us then with their church
or another ministry. We “prayer promise” as
we have in the past that we be good stewards
of their offering to serve You. Lord, we ask
you to extend your blessing to all involved and
all who are part of their families. We pray that we will soon hear
the trumpet sound, and that all will be ready. Give each of us Your
will to grow in yourWord in this world. Amen.
ALL FAITHS CHAPEL
When you have the
opportunity to minister to
thousands of inmates there are
problems. Yvonne started the All
Faiths Chapel. We got the
prison’s churches together and
they agreed, “Don’t let your
doctrine be a barrier but rather a
bridge to Jesus.” Amen! This
slogan has gotten us through all
HOW WILL WE
I am soon to be 85.
When time and weather permits
I still play golf. table tennis and
tennis. And - I am still pretty
good, if I say so myself! We will
keep Someone Cares going
and growing. If everyone gave
$5.00 a month all would be
great, and it would keep the
snow ball growing.
THE PEN FRIEND PROGRAM
Our Pen Friend program is the backbone of this ministry.
When we match you with an inmate, a ministry has started. We will
have sent you an application on an inmate. We will have sent you
and introduction letter from an inmate. Now you read everything. If
not comfortable with your match send everything back to us and we
will start over again. Following the rules, you write using our
address as a return. If you do not receive an answer in thirty days,
write again. If still no answer, return everything to us and we will
replace your match. Your imnate may not have a pen, paper, or
even a stamp.
You must stay in control. If they use improper language tell
them not to do that. If they ask for things you can’t give tell them or
if anything is not clear please call us.
Prison overcrowding keeps many in their cells. They are
lonely and even the toughest inmates are scared. Do not let your
doctrine be a barrier but rather a bridge to Jesus. If they ask for
something and you can’t do it, tell them. If you are not sure call us.
If you give up, please return everything to us. This is Pen Friend, not
a Pen Pal program. If you use a pen name use both a first and last
We need Faith Partners! Our Postage was over $7,000 last
year. We are growing as every time an inmate gets a Pen Friend,
they share with others and the ball rolls on. Yes, there are very bad
people in prison, but we have seen many change and turn to Christ.
We have seen families put back together. Yes, you may write them
when they are released. The Bile says, “I was in prison and you
visited me not?” That was Jesus talking to us.
Our web page is www.someonecares.org. If you go there you
can see and print the application we send out. Also, will see a radio
icon. Click it and there are listed twenty-six radio shows we have
done. Share this with your friends and pastor.
Donations are gladly accepted
online through our website:
MY NAME IS SALLY. I met Yvonne at Coldwater Women’s Prison.
She gave us Christmas cards to send out with stamps.
MY NAME IS TONY. I met Don at San Quentin during a lock down.
He got in touch with my family that had cut me off I deserved it. Now
all is well.
MY NAME IS SAM. I met Don & Yvonne at Soledad when they
became the new chaplains. I was shocked they were paid a dollar a
year. But was told they had been approved for a nonprofit status.
There were 800 men on this yard and religion was tearing it apart.
Yvonne changed the status to All Faiths and put God, not doctrine,
MY NAME IS CHAPLAIN REED. Don called me one day and said
he wanted to teach Bible here. They, Don and Yvonne, changed all
kinds of things here and added a bunch. All Faiths took care of the
many doctrinal problems and brought unity. Soon came remedial
reading. Then came Dress Outs giving men leaving here free
clothes. They brought in many groups and I got a lot of credit. The
Pen Friend program has changed the United States prison system.
They went to the police academy at their own expense and became
state chaplains. At a dollar a year, Don applied for and was given
nonprofit status. Hundreds of inmates found Christ through this
dedicated couple. Please support.
Chaplain Reed died and is missed but he helped us plant
many seeds in hard ground.
MY NAME IS NOT IMPORTANT. I am the warden of Coldwater
Men’s and Women’s Prison. One day I got a call from Don. He said,
“I hear you don’t have chaplains at the men and women’s prison
there?” “No we do not,” I replied. “How about two and it will cost
you nothing?” Now I thought he was nuts. When I met Don and
Yvonne it was at a high point in my life. They got the jobs, paid their
way to police academy and started working at once. This dedicated
couple has changed the lives of many inmates. Don even got me to
pray. Bibles, song books, and Pen Friends changed both prisons. It
cost the State nothing.
Don and Yvonne at
Someone Cares have been
featured on our radio show for
years. They also raised a lot of
money for Voice of Prophecy.
We paid them nothing but they
were blessed. We are still
amazed at the stories of Yvonne
and Don walking the yards of
many prisons unescorted, going
into the most dangerous cell
blocks to bring the love of Jesus
to many who have lost all.
Once again we have
ended up with a pile of
letters we have no idea
where they go. One of the
biggest problems we have
faced over the years is that
pen friends are not properly
addressing their envelopes
to the inmate. Old habits are
hard to break, but we cannot
state strongly enough
how taking the time to follow
the envelope addressing
instructions is so extremely
important. Won’t you please
make a resolution to follow
the proper instructions?
We received a letter to a Pen Friend that shocked even me,
describing in graphic detail what sexual things his father did or made
him do as a very young boy. I have suggested that the Pen Friend
take a new inmate to write to and let us handle this man.
This brings up a difficult question – have other letters like this
fallen through the cracks, being forwarded on to you without being
read by us because of too much mail? Have some of you received
shocking letters? If so, we sincerely apologize. The growth of this
Ministry is not going to stop, and changes need to be made to cut
back on the hours it takes to read through all the mail.
Here’s What You Can Do: If your relationship with your
inmate friend is good and you don’t mind getting mail without it
being read, please tell us. This would cut back on our workload by
quite a bit. A reminder – your mail is never read by us, so please seal
your letter and make sure your full Pen Name and our address are in
the return address spot.
Do not put stickers on letters or try to send inmates a stamped
envelope; many put on too much postage, so please be good
stewards and send us the stamps, and we will save money.
Speaking of stamps, we were donated a lot of old stamps. If
there are any collectors out there who could sell them for us, this
would be a great help.
BLESSINGS NEVER CEASE
In June, my birthday month, we got mail from inmates in
thirty-three states, and received thanks for Paper Sunshine from
family members of inmates and I thought back to a birthday in 1949
when I was sixteen and had a date that must be kept with another
gang leader. This was a time when weapons were switch blades,
brass knuckles, or zip guns made of wood, metal, a rubber band
and bullet. We chose bare knuckles. A fight between two became a
mini riot with much bloodshed, but no one was killed. So much hate
- the same hate breeding in our prisons, and the same gang warfare.
We are overjoyed that over the years we have helped Jesus
lead men and women away from these gangs. Every now and then
someone from my past who hears of me through radio or TV calls to
ask if I’m the same guy they knew. I am the same person, but
cleansed by the blood of Jesus. I once tried to find the guys I ran
with, worked with or partied with. I found three of them, but found
there was nothing left of our friendship – all the other thirty-seven
These two articles are reprinted from our October, 2010 newsletter.
We certainly are
blessed to have a wonderful
family who knows of
prisons and all its woes,
and the wonderful family of
God with Someone Cares,
and Voice of Prophecy -
what better company could
we have? We have many
friends in prison who have
become great Christian
people. I can’t imagine
when we all get to Heaven
what day that will be, we
will all see Jesus and shout
for victory. (Words from an
old time hymn.)
Yes it will be grander
than anything on this earth,
better than any New Year
on this earth. We pray that
each of you will receive a
special blessing in the Year