Find Marisa Floro’s display at the Allegheny County Jail, Visitor Entrance, 950 Second Avenue.
“I had this driving need to be of service. I came to the jail through an internship. I fell in love with believing that people at their core can change.”
I run educational groups with adult men in the Allegheny County Jail and the groups are all about change. I help provide skills for men to use upon release so they can maintain their freedom to reach their goals. My first job is this job here, working with people who are incarcerated. I’ve been learning the privilege that I obtain as a citizen of the U.S., but also as a white woman. Working with people that have had their freedom stripped and having to build that back up, I serve people striving for change. Every group that I run, I’m changing with them.
I always had this driving need to be of service to others. It was by chance that I came to the jail through an internship. I fell in love with believing that people at their core can change. There are resources available help them handle the barriers they will face upon release. They will face discrimination, they will face jobs that don’t want to hire them due to their past. So, if there are resources and friendly faces that are willing to say to them, “I believe that you’re more than your past,” then there is a true capability for change.