In 2015, Adrian was about to be released into a void with no support and no home. When a fellow prisoner received a visit from Post-Prison, it piqued her interest. “It sounded like something to think about besides going out to get a drink to celebrate my release and popping bottles,” she says. “Instead, I was able to start the road to college.”

The Post-Prison Education Program helped pave that road, providing food and clothing for Adrian and getting her enrolled at Seattle Central College, where she studies social and human services. A Post-Prison staffer walked her through campus, helped her pick classes, and connected her with support services.

Education, Adrian says, is the only way to break the cycle of incarceration.

She is now making sure other former prisoners have the opportunity she so values: Through a work-study job at the Post-Prison Education Program she helps students with their applications and financial aid forms. It is a relationship that she expects to endure. “As long as these doors are open,” she says, “I know that I can always come back.”