“I’m a little envious of his ability to step out in faith and put himself in a situation where he has to explain himself,” Clark said. “The spiritual part of that is connecting with folks who are struggling day-to-day with societal judgment.”
At the Meyer Center on Tuesday, McKeever stood in a hallway in his orange scrubs and canvas shoes talking to a couple of clients who were looking for help with employment. After McKeever explained his aim of standing with the incarcerated, the face of one of the unemployed men lit up.
“That’s awesome!” he said. “I’m so glad you’re doing that.”
Alberto Melis, a former Waco police chief, ran across McKeever while volunteering at the Meyer Center this week.
“When he walked into the room, I had to do a triple take,” Melis said. “It was jarring and incongruous. Out of context, it does make you think.
“As a society, we say we believe prison is for punishment and for rehabilitation. But I don’t think many people really believe in the rehabilitation part. We look at the punishment part and think that it marks them for life. I find that in myself. This is a challenge to me.”
McKeever said it’s a challenge to himself, too.
“God loves these prisoners,” he said. “We should challenge and confront our subconscious stigmatization of this population.”