I was in college for a year and half, but left for financial reasons. Although I moved back with my parents, I got tired of their rules. It is kind of ironic—it would be weird if my parents had given me 3 sheets of homework to turn in every Monday like I have to do here at New Beginnings.
I got into some trouble and ended up at a halfway house. Not having a place to go and running out of time was new to me. At that time, I realized New Beginnings was the best shot for me to start something new, so I entered March 15, 2017.
When I first got into the men’s residential program, I saw others who were experiencing change, who also wanted to help me with what I was going through. I want to be more like that—personable and selfless.
I had shied away from religion for the longest time. Finding a new connection with Jesus here, I now go through the day not worrying about myself as much as caring for others. I’m more of an open book now, not worrying about my past mistakes and more focused on my walk with God and future endeavors.
Next step is finding a good job and going back to school in the fall. I’ve applied to Lake Sumter State College.
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