Imprisoned on the Inside and Out; The Story of Wilbur Williams

Wilbur Williams is a disabled at-risk individual who is in need of social services provided by True Light Family Resource Center in Kansas City.  Born to a drug-addicted mother and raised in the Kansas City’s urban core by his grandmother in government project housing.  Williams graduated from an unaccredited public school system into a world of gang life, drugs and imprisonment. He became disabled in prison as a result of a negative side-effect caused by a drug prescribed to him in prison by a medical doctor.  He has permanent nerve damage called Tardive Dyskenesia.  It is a severely debilitating condition that renders it difficult to control nerve and muscle spasms.  Now released from prison he is unable to qualify for food stamps, housing assistance, and is legally discriminated against in regards to housing and employment.  He struggles to rebuild his life outside of prison while navigating his disability.

Wilbur Williams, sits on his mother's sofa after recently being released from prison. He was incarcerated for a drug related offense.
A broken swing hangs at the now shuttered school where Williams attended as a boy. The school district has now lost it's state accreditation.
After Williams graduated high school, he had few employment options. He joined the Crypts, was shot in the knee, started selling drugs and going to prison.
Prison doctors administered psych drugs to him. He had his experience documented after he started experiencing negative side effect from his medication.
Williams now struggles to hold his head straight because of his muscle spasms. Here he walking to his doctor's appointment 6 months after being released.
Williams regularly visits the ER due to extreme pain and uncontrollable movement. He has been diagnosed with Tartive Dyskenesia a side effect that has no cure.
Basic tasks are extremely difficult. Willbur suffers daily from uncontrollable muscle spasms with no relief.
Williams meets with Pastor Alice at True Light Family Resource center for counseling.
Williams now faces a different kind of imprisonment, one of low education, poverty, unemployment, physical disability, and legalized discrimination.
Unable to work, Williams lies frustrated on his mother's sofa waiting to save enough money from his disability check to have his own apartment.
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