Rhonda's Story

Rhonda knew that if she didn't find a way out of jail, she would find herself back there again. "I didn't want to be one of those people who couldn't seem to stay out," she said.

In 2008, Rhonda became the first female graduate of the Knox County Sheriff's Detention Facility's GED Program, supported by Friends of Literacy. With her diploma, Rhonda got a job at a local restaurant and quickly earned a promotion to area manager.

As Rhonda says, the GED "gives people a lot of hope and gives you a chance to get re-established on your own feet."

Rhonda is currently working with the Knox County Sheriff's Office to create a program to help former inmates transition successfully into society.

You can make a difference for a student like Rhonda. Did you know that:

  • A $55 donation covers the GED testing fee for a deserving student
  • A $125 donation covers class at the detention center for one student

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