Hello everyone and thank you for giving me a chance to tell my story!
New Freedom opened its doors to me February 5th, 2021. I did close to seven years in prison and had struggled with addiction since I was a teenager. I started using meth when I was thirteen. In my addiction life was hopeless, I had bouts of depression and I believed using meth was something I was going to do until the day I died. Today, I am going to tell you about how I was introduced to the New Freedom Project, my path of recovery, and what keeps me waking up each and every day with a sense of purpose.
There was a man on the yard who knew about New Freedom and would help people get in contact with an NFP mentor. He first told me about the program and then he helped me start corresponding. I started sharing letters back and forth with my mentor and then he started sending me more information about New Freedom. The more I learned about New Freedom the more I knew it was the place I needed to be. It all sounded too good to be true. It was better than going to a half-way house, having to find a job right away and start paying bills.