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A blog called Shankbone outlines former New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey's good works:
McGreevey volunteers at Exodus Ministries at the Church of Living Hope in East Harlem, New York, which tries to help newly-released prisoners learn life skills and handle the significant challenges that ex-convicts face. It's not just job-hunting. One of the photographs below shows Jim helping one young man figure out how to set up a free e-mail account on Yahoo. With limited access to computers, the guy had no idea how to do this. This is not atypical. We take this kind of knowledge for granted, assuming everyone knows how to set up free e-mail. They don't.
The gifts that McGreevey brings to these formerly-incarcerated men and women are vast. He still retains many of the contacts and friendships in government that he had when he was Governor, which has been a Godsend to a program that needs state assistance to function (when I was stalked by an anonymous New Jersey resident, it was McGreevey who helped put me in touch with one of his government appointees to figure out what avenues I could pursue to have the person unmasked and criminally punished). McGreevey knows how the system works; he knows resources that are available to these people; and he is gifted with an ability to teach and reach them.
Hat tip: Andrew Sullivan, who notes that McGreevey is studying for the Episcopal priesthood.
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