I spent 10 years and 4 months of my life serving time for Robbery with a deadly weapon. When I was released two years ago, I was blessed to come across the life changing experience called HOPE for Prisoners. I first heard about the opportunity to join HOPE for Prisoners from my Aunt Lashaun Foreman, she was trying to put me on the right path for a better life. To all of you reading this now, I once faced the same challenges you are facing today. I was uncertain about my future, but knew that I didn’t want to go back to prison. I wanted to have a chance in life.
The time I spent in the workshops with the people who donated their time to HOPE for Prisoners, provided me with the tools to change my way of thinking. I was always a person who thought negative thoughts before positive thoughts. I gained a new attitude about life’s choices and the benefits of moving forward instead of looking back.
Today, I am sharing my testimony because HOPE for Prisoners worked for me. I am living the life that I was created to live. I am a first year electrician apprentice with the IBEW. This is something that I always wanted to do. I have better relationships with my family and friends and I am able thrive in society. I live every day with a choice to do better. I openly thank Jon Ponder and my extended family at HOPE for Prisoners for this opportunity of a lifetime that I was given.