Writing an Inmate

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Juan Xarine Berchar, from Cuba, making great strides



Juan Xarine -Berchar 139017
CCI
PO Box900
Portage, WI 53901
Born 1958, newer picture coming


Juan Xarine-Berchar #139017
Columbia Correctional Institution; CCI; PO Box 900;Portage, WI 53901
BD 1958,(A newer Picture coming soon-)

Note: Juan is Cuban and came very to the US on the Mario boat lift, and like many who did the same, he is stranded here and in prison . He has no one. At first he was pretty non verbal and always seriously depressed . He is now much more outgoing and able to cope. His greatest need besides a friend, is a job within the prison both to earn some money for things like hygiene supplies and stamps, and to give him something meaningful to do. Unfortunately, jobs are in very short supply and are arbitrarily handed out. He is another old law prisoner long past his release date.

This below is from a letter written years ago . We will be updating.  The ages given here are way off but the story still goes

“Hello, My name is Juan Xarine Berchar. I am 50 years old. I’m half Spanish and half French, I have never been married. I had two daughters, but unfortunately my oldest daughter passed away 2005. She was 20 years old. My youngest daughter is 17 years old but she do not stay in touch. I do not have anyone to write me.
     I would like to know if you would be interested in opening a line of communication with me, I don’t have anyone to visit me and it gets very lonely sometimes. I do not have family in the USA. I want you to know that I’m writing you with the best of intentions, I hope you accept this invitation of friendship I extend to you.
     Anyway, let me tell you about me. I am very good at cooking Spanish food . I like chicken, pork chops. I loved rice and beans, I like to listen to jazz, I like dancing, favorite Colo Purple. I was living in Miami, Fl before I came to WI. I also like to travel, read and go to the movies. I don’t play games with anyone’s feelings because I don’t want anyone to play with mine, I am looking for someone who knows what they want cause I know what I want and what I need. I want to be loved. I need love in my life. I want someone with all my heart and soul. This may sound corny but it’s from the heart. I am, looking for a meaningful relationship- someone who wants a to be loved.
       Anyway, in case you want to know , I am not a rapist or killer. I am not here for any sexual case or any violent crime. I was found guilty of burglary and - I have until 2012 or sooner. I hope you don’t care about my past because that is just what it is- we can work through this. My life is not over and I have a future. Thank God I am in good health and am still standing. Well , I hope to hear from you soon.Sincerely, Juan Xarine Berchar,
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in another letter Juan says: “It gets very lonely for me at times as I do not have any family in the US.  I have never been married. I have two beautiful daughters. My oldest just passed away 3 months ago- she was in a car wreck.
I am hoping and praying to find a friend who will open a line of communication with me, with the possibility of forming a relationship. I am not looking for beauty because beauty is only skin deep. I am looking for someone who is willing to love and be loved. Someone who is honest, loving, caring, and compassionate. Size and color does not matter; or age, because age is only a number. I want someone who has experience life, because I don’t want to play any games. All my life I have been looking for love in all the wrong places. I am a very loving and caring person with a lot to give.”

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