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Old 09-03-2018, 04:03 PM
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I was incarcerated at 18, and came home at nearly 25 in January of 2009.
While I was locked up I completed automotive technology trade certificates.
I spent my first couple years of freedom living in rented rooms, working menial jobs, and always being a bad week or two away from the streets.
Reading that makes it sound bad, but that would be far from the truth. It was hard, but I relished the freedom I had every day. I worked for minimum wage at tire warehouses, changed oil at jiffy lube and helped run a Laundromat.
Everywhere I went felt like a new adventure, I spent a lot of time with family, and was very proud of the work I'd done for the little I had. I have a family now, I'm proud to be a good husband and father, and try to approach each day with the positive attitude that kept me from drowning in the pain of years lost to stupidity. I've gone from turning wrenches in prison, to part time oil changes, to building multi-million dollar Jet engines. More then that, I hold my self to the standards of a role model and leader to the younger people I work with.
I still feel like I've yet to accomplish the great things I am here to accomplish. But each day I move 24 hours closer to my ultimate goal, to live a life of consequence and honor.
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Old 09-03-2018, 08:11 PM
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Congratulations!!! Stories like yours are always the best. You are someone’s child, loved one, relative, community member and you have come so far. The world needs hope like yours right now. You should check into a peer support mentor program. People like you are helping the parolees of today be successful. They learn better from you than some one who went to school to learn. They are starting to use these mentors with our parole officers, drug rehabs and cops in Portland Oregon. Best o of luck to you and your new life!!
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Thanks for joining us Corey and for sharing your story! And what a great success story - congratulations, you should be so proud of yourself. Wishing you & your family all the best going forward
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Corey, thank you.

Reading your post provides positive hope. As a mom I worry about my son creating a life. He was only 22 and when he gets out next May he will be 29. He was an opiate addict for 10 years, so his growing up has been done in prison. Our location in small town Arizona limits job opportunities but he does have a home to come to at least.
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