Voices of Hope – William R.

“Growing up, I had a lot of great opportunities, and I worked hard to become a master auto technician. Unfortunately, I was more wild than I was smart. I had the mentality that I wasn’t going to get caught. But because of my own stupidity and selfishness, I ended up serving a 27 month prison sentence.”

“Prison is a whole different world. There is so much anxiety, so much pressure in there, and going to prison gave me a whole different mindset. I had a breakthrough.”

“One day, while using a ruler to make lines on the page for a letter I was writing, one of the other inmates said, ‘I bet you can’t make a straight line on your own.’ I thought to myself, ‘What does he know?’ So I set out to try. However, no matter how many lines I drew or how hard I tried, I still couldn’t make the line straight. And that’s when I heard the Spirit say to me, ‘You can’t draw a single straight line by yourself. What makes you think you can do all this by yourself?’ That’s when it struck me – I thought I could do it all by myself and get a different result than I had in the past, but the truth is I couldn’t. So I chose to make a change.”

“While volunteering for the prison ministry program, I met Ronnie Cage from Operation New Hope while he was leading an Inside Out Dads program at Baker Correctional. I learned about their Ready4Work program and decided to enroll. I am so thankful I did. After my release, Operation New Hope gave me the chance to regroup. Not only did have have the opportunity to interview for work with their employment partners, but I had a chance to interview them and had time to find the right job. The staff was very supportive and fellowship with other clients has served me well.”

“I am now working as a master auto technician and serving as the resident manager at the Lighthouse. I’ve bought a car and paid my restitution. I’m working to pay off my fines and fees with community service, and I am committed to helping others coming out. My long term goal is to become financially secure so I can travel. I’m hoping to make it to Israel one day. I couldn’t have done this all on my own.”

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