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Whats On Tap?

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We here at the PA Felons Aid Alliance are always looking to improve our selves. In the past we have tried a lot of things and through trial and error we are starting to learn what works and what doesn't. In an effort to be more transparent and active we are going to change some things.

So we figured we would start here with a clear cut list of what we are doing online and what we are doing in real life.

Website Changes Coming Soon.
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- We will be adding more content for a general audience: We dont want you to visit our website and feel as though its not the place for you. We had two problems. First, people with misdemeanors are turning away thinking we were all about felons. Second, people with no record and no family with a record were turning away thinking this was only a site for people in the criminal justice system. WE ARE SHIFTING SOME OF THAT FOCUS. We want everyone to feel as though there is something here for them. We are going to be adding articles about net sa…

2018 Spring Update

Well Spring is here and its time for an update.

We have been very busy here at the Felons Aid Alliance. Dealing with people online is difficult in some cases and we have been working to restructure our entire system. Our phone was ringing off the hook with spam callers and our email was not much better. This was watering down our efforts so we have chosen to scale back a bit in some places and re-organize in others.

Here is what is happening.

1. We have been working to change our file system. Which includes our forms and the format for communication with individuals. We want to keep simplicity at the core of what we do and to help keep our communications properly on the record and secure.

2. We have rethought our board of advisors, we have trimmed fat, added substance, and made things more workable. We are happy to say we have a 4 person board of advisors and those 4 people are not just local but active.

3. We have been working to redo our website. For now the ease of access to our s…

Why We Never Ran The David Packer Story

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We advertised a lot back in the winter about a man named David Packer and the murder of his daughter by his now ex wife. We talked extensively about running a story with an interview we had obtained with Packer. But the story never ran and we started to get questions.

A 3 step way to acheive your goals.

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What you are and what you want to become in life are built into your imagination. Whether you are a homeless beggar, rich, a stay at home parent, or a hardworking single person. Weather you are black or white, gay or straight. Weather you are someone who has never broken the law or you are a thief, a liar, a murderer, or a drug addict ... you can be anything your mind says you want to be.

Step 1
Take ownership. 
Decide that your life needs to change. Decide what you want to do and lay out what it is exactly and how that can be achieved. Take ownership that your idea is yours and that you will do it.
You will not feel good about the steps. You will hate what has to happen to get you to your goal.
But you must own that fact. Raise your standard to a level that will take you to your goal.

Step 2
Act within 5 seconds.
When you get up on day one don't hesitate. Instantly move to your goal. Don't stop and don't look back. You will have about a 5 second window before your brain will tr…

New Service, Plarn Mats for The Homeless

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We are excited to make two big announcements this week. First is the appointment of our 4th board member. Jesse. He is now an appointed board member as we move closer to a 501(c)(3) and Non Profit status.

Our second big announcement is our newest service. Plarn sleeping mats for the homeless. We will be making Plastic Yarn recycled mats and then distributing them to churches that locate homeless individuals. These mats are waterproof, 100% recycled and keep homeless men and women off of the ground.

We plan to make a bunch of these mats again this year and to get them to an organization that can distribute them to the homeless.

We are not accepting mailed mats anymore.

If you want to help donate completed mats or help us make mats please use our contact form to get in touch with us.

Thank You!

Why do we promise some posts but they dont come later?

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Recently you may have noticed a trend. We post a clip of some compelling article or news bite, but it ends mid thought or is promised. It might say: "coming this week, the exciting story of... ". If you have noticed these we did part one of our job.

But what you also no doubt noticed is that quite a few of them aren't showing up later. They are promised but never fulfilled. We actually have a great reason for this.

When you manage a website or app you can never see someone's reaction to something. It's not like face to face. In the web you can only see the results of their reaction. That  information is presented as either comments or page views.

When we post these article teasers we look at engagement, or the number of page views, shares, and comments. We know we have readers. I can see devices used, browsers, country, etc. But you readers aren't interactive with us. We rarely get comments and rarely direct shares. So all we have is page views to go off of …

What We Did this Week May Suprise You

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This week and last week we have been in several meetings. We are trying to set up a local network to help those in our two local county jails. We also want to help anyone locally who has a criminal record, don't worry our state wide efforts will continue! We figure if we can develop an efficient model in our local area we can expand that to our state wide efforts.But its not like people are lining up around the block. We need volunteers, supplies, and lots of help from officials. What many people forget is that I don't earn a salary for this. So its a completely without compensation opportunity that I feel blessed to take part in.
So, our first step is to speak to anyone in government and politics (I agree that the word politics is not very appealing). Once we open lines of communication we can begin to enter the prison and speak to the inmates. If we can determine what their problems and barriers are we can work to eliminate those problems.
It is a long and difficult road.
T…