• Hiding in Plain Sight: The Neighbors You Never Hear From

  • By: Tia Ryans
  • Podcast
  • Summary

  • "Hiding In Plain Sight: The Neighbors You Never Hear From" is an audio series that will take you on the reentry journey through the first-hand experiences of 6 people and where they are today. The series is hosted by Tia Ryans, Founding Executive Director of NJ F.O.R.T.E House. NJ F.O.R.T.E House provides access to a healthy and transparent living environment and assists with academic readiness for formerly incarcerated students transitioning through post-secondary education. The organization takes meaningful steps to promote inclusiveness, autonomy, accountability, and economic self-sufficiency for our participants. Devising and implementing a supportive housing strategy upon reentry and maintaining strategic partnerships with community institutions to maintain retention and minimize felon disenfranchisement. Support the work of NJ F.O.R.T.E House by visiting www.njfortehouse.org. The series is part of the Newark News & Story Collaborative made possible with funding support from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the Victoria Foundation. The Newark News and Story Collaborative trains community members in storytelling, media-making, and other creative art forms to share and amplify their experiences. It’s laying the groundwork for a collaborative network that will address longstanding information inequities in Newark, New Jersey. For more information and stories, visit newarkstories.com.
    Newark News & Story Collaborative | NJ F.O.R.T.E House
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Episodes
  • BONUS: Kimberley's Story

    Jun 26 2021

    In this bonus episode of Hiding in Plain Sight: The Neighbors You Never Hear From, Host Tia Ryans speaks with Kimberley about the anxiety of parole, the challenges of reentry, and the road back to self after incarceration. [This episode contains explicit language.]

    Kimberley is a loving mother of two. Her passions surround helping those in need and she uses that desire to thrive in the hospitality field. She plans to pursue her post-secondary education in the medical field.


    To support the continued work of NJ F.O.R.T.E House and learn more about the organization, visit: njfortehouse.org
    Get involved:
    All of us or None-Northern NJ

    Hiding In Plain Sight: The Neighbors You Never Hear From is produced by Tia Ryans, Brit Harley, and Dionysus Augus.

    Theme music provided by Vacation Collective, Bright Ideas Music from Uppbeat (free for Creators!) || https://uppbeat.io/t/fe77a/vacation-collective || License code: 4HIKHJVTF3RTDLGW


    This series is part of the Newark News, and Story Collaborative made possible with funding support from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the Victoria Foundation. The Newark News and Story Collaborative is committed to elevating community-driven storytelling to fill information gaps in local and national media. The Collaborative trains community members in storytelling, media-making, and other creative art forms to share and amplify their experiences. It’s laying the groundwork for a collaborative network that will address longstanding information inequities in Newark, New Jersey. For more information and to hear local stories, visit newarkstories.com.

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    13 mins
  • Nelson's Story

    Jun 21 2021

    We previously heard from Nelson, but in episode 7 of Hiding in Plain Sight: The Neighbors You Never Hear From, we hear a more in-depth interview when he spoke with Host Tia Ryans. Nelson served a 17-year prison sentence. We hear about Nelson’s journey of what he described as “becoming a man.” From childhood sexual abuse, gang involvement, and his love for God, Nelson reveals how he weaved through all of that as an impressionable man. Nelson Gonzalez is currently proud to be on the front lines as an Aveanna Essex County COVID-19 vaccination site supervisor. Nelson is a Certified Automotive Technician through New Community Career and Technical Institute and is looking to acquire his Bachelor’s in Psychology.


    After serving 17 years in prison and being released less than a year ago, he is anxious to give back to his community. Nelson uses his experiences as a storytelling tool to help others with similar experiences. He has already been featured in articles such as Nelson’s Journey by Swoppt and FORTE House Resident Nelson Fights COVID--and Bias--from “The Front Lines” by From FORTE House to YOUR House.  

    Nelson's Recommended Book List
    The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz
    The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael Alan Singer
    Soul Care: 7 Transformational Principles for a Healthy Soul by Dr. Rob Reimer 


    To support the continued work of
    NJ F.O.R.T.E House and learn more about the organization, visit: njfortehouse.org
    Get involved:
    All of us or None-Northern NJ

    Hiding In Plain Sight: The Neighbors You Never Hear From is produced by Tia Ryans, Brit Harley, and Dionysus Augus.

    Theme music provided by Vacation Collective, Bright Ideas Music from Uppbeat (free for Creators!) || https://uppbeat.io/t/fe77a/vacation-collective || License code: 4HIKHJVTF3RTDLGW


    This series is part of the Newark News, and Story Collaborative made possible with funding support from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the Victoria Foundation. The Newark News and Story Collaborative is committed to elevating community-driven storytelling to fill information gaps in local and national media. The Collaborative trains community members in storytelling, media-making, and other creative art forms to share and amplify their experiences. It’s laying the groundwork for a collaborative network that will address longstanding information inequities in Newark, New Jersey. For more information and to hear local stories, visit newarkstories.com.

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    12 mins
  • Parish's Story

    Jun 11 2021

    In episode 6 of Hiding in Plain Sight: The Neighbors You Never Hear From, Host Tia Ryans speaks with Parish King, who spoke about his personal reentry troubles and physical health struggles that began with the lack of a proper diet during his confinement and medical care.

    Parish King was born in Brooklyn, NY, raised in Far Rockaway Queens, and currently lives in Newark, NJ. After graduating High school, Parish attended Baruch College CUNY and worked in local church ministry, where I taught Sunday school. He received his Associate's degree in Liberal Arts and is currently attending Rutgers University-Newark, where he will be a 2021 graduate with a degree in Psychology. Parish is also a member of the Rutgers-Newark Honors Living and Learning Community. Parish plans to attend graduate school to pursue a Ph.D. in Psychology.


    Parish is also a proud student of the New Jersey Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prisons (NJ-STEP) initiative, an association of higher education institutions in New Jersey that provide college courses inside correctional facilities.

    Parish's Book Recommendations
    The Water Dancer by Ta Nehisi Coates
    Love by Tony Morrison
    The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois


    To support the continued work of
    NJ F.O.R.T.E House and learn more about the organization, visit: njfortehouse.org
    Get involved:
    All of us or None-Northern NJ

    Hiding In Plain Sight: The Neighbors You Never Hear From is produced by Tia Ryans, Brit Harley, and Dionysus Augus.

    Theme music provided by Vacation Collective, Bright Ideas Music from Uppbeat (free for Creators!) || https://uppbeat.io/t/fe77a/vacation-collective || License code: 4HIKHJVTF3RTDLGW


    This series is part of the Newark News, and Story Collaborative made possible with funding support from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the Victoria Foundation. The Newark News and Story Collaborative is committed to elevating community-driven storytelling to fill information gaps in local and national media. The Collaborative trains community members in storytelling, media-making, and other creative art forms to share and amplify their experiences. It’s laying the groundwork for a collaborative network that will address longstanding information inequities in Newark, New Jersey. For more information and to hear local stories, visit newarkstories.com.

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    11 mins

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