One day, a friend told me about this program called New Freedom.
I thought to myself, “Here we go again, another program…” He told me something completely different than things I heard before. He encouraged me to write to a woman named Denise and that she would be my mentor. I figured I’d give it a shot and to my amazement she wrote back. She wrote back with an encouraging and authentic attitude that warmed by heart instantly.
This story brings a smile to my face because it is very real and very powerful to me. After all, I came in feeling lost but in truth I had been found. Yesterday, I purchased my first new truck. I work as a Safety Associate at New Freedom and I do it with Joy. I have a beautiful condo on the north side where I reside with a loving woman who stands by me even when I drive her crazy. The hope I talked about earlier, I still feel it. It stays with me. When I have bad days, I’m reminded of it when I see people at New Freedom just starting their journey. They walk through the lobby doors greeted by everyone they see. They are welcomed to their new community, new home, new freedom; just like it was done for me.