Former Connecticut Governor–and former convict–John Rowland is now spending part of his time trying to help
recovering drug addicts, says the Washington Post. At the Glory chapel in Hartford’s needy north end, he volunteers one or two days a week, teaching job interview skills, résumé writing and public speaking to a class of about 25, most of whom have been in jail. He started working here a year ago as a condition of his parole, and when his stint ended he just kept coming.
“It has to be somebody like him who does this,” says Robyn Inglese, a former crack addict and now a counselor here. “How is someone with a squeaky-clean life going to be able to understand people who’ve had problems? He knows he made a mistake. He took liberties in a gray area and he paid for it. He talked about it to us. For a moment, he got choked up.” Rowland says he feels happiest about his quiet achievements nowadays, like helping a parolee and former addict find his first job ever — driving a forklift for $10 an hour. He guesses that he has found jobs for five parolees. “What I’m doing now is more meaningful to me than anything I ever did as governor,” he says.