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Who We Are

The essence of our organization exists in our human spirit – the spirit and passion of those that serve and the spirit and determination of those who accept our services. We are dedicated to raising awareness of our cause and serving those in need.

In this section you will find all that you need to know about our people, mission, history and frequently asked questions. If you want to learn more about our organization, just follow the links for more information. It’s extremely important to us that you get to know more so that you feel comfortable working with us. Once you take the time to find out what we’re all about, we are confident you will want to be engaged with our organization.

History of Timelist

Timeless, (once upon a time) was a group without a name. Originally, several prisoners serving life terms at Avenal State Prison came together to create a support base for inmates like themselves.  The objective was to brainstorm on strategies that they could learn and use towards obtaining freedom through the parole board and/or the judicial process. This committed group would meet every Sunday on the recreation facility on the bleachers until word spread as their numbers began to grow. Through sharing case law related to life sentences and discussing self-help methods the group continued to come together and a few even gained their freedom. In 2007, the group decided to approach prison administrators with a proposal to establish the group as a legitimate program recognized by prison officials. Led by Yusef-Andre Wiley this is when the group became TIMELESS – A Lifer Support Group. As interest around rehabilitation grew Timeless decided to open its workshops to the entire inmate population and parolees. Timeless is a reminder to the human being that, if you are willing and the ability to think, “it is never too late to change” which became the tag line of our support group circles and courses designed to address the various social and cognitive behavioral problems many incarcerated individuals struggle with.

Reentry Experts

A diverse team that includes individuals with lived experience who have survived long term incarceration and are now successful role models, mentors and leaders. 

Tracey Greenwell, Richard and Yusef-Andre Wiley
Richard Cockrell

Richard, served 20 years of incarceration, ex-gang member Masters in Public Administration at SF State

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