Reesy Floyd-Thompson is an entrepreneur, professional storyteller, and the founder of a support group called Prisoners Wives Girlfriends and Partners.
Ressy’s story is inspiring and educational on so many levels. It begins in 2005 when she stood in a Pennsylvania courtroom where her husband, a Desert Storm Veteran, was sentenced to prison for 12.5 to 25 years. To use her words, for better or worse, she was now a married-single woman legally separated by the Department of Corrections.
In that moment Reesy lost all sense of personal identity. She began to call herself Mrs. GE6309. People around her saw Reesy as just another African American woman with her husband in jail. Shock turned to reality when a UPS box arrived at her doorstep with all of her husbands belonging. Then the bills started to pile up. A 15 minute collect call from an out of state prison ran around $20. Going to see her husband involved a 10 hour trip.
For the first few years Reesy operated on auto-pilot. She began to do side hustles to pay the bills (her minimum wage job wasn’t enough). In this episode Reesy shares:
- The defining moment that snapped her out of her slumber
- Her journey in starting Prisoners Wives Girlfriends and Partners
- How internet trolls forced her to take a step back
- How turning to writing became the foundation for her current business
- The impact a caring mentor had on her life
- Why she sent divorce papers to her husband just before his release
- And why they are once again husband and wife
Reesy’s story is a reminder that people are not statistics and more importantly that your current circumstances do not have to define where you will end up. Reesy is a strong, powerful, articulate woman. Enjoy.
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