To bring Hope and Purpose to those marginalized by gang affiliation and its impact on communities.
From Gang, to Hope, to Healing, to Outreach
Being incarcerated for the majority of my life, I know what homies are up against both inside of prisons and outside in the world. The loneliness. The self-doubt. The lack of basic living skills due to starting their adulthood locked up. The instinct to return to what they have always known. The shock of realizing that what they have always known is no longer the same. The desire to remain free and the feeling of not knowing how to make that happen.
I was fortunate that when I was released from prison I had a friend to help me. Someone who reached through prison walls to engage me in authentic friendship and aided my re-entry. I was also fortunate to have the support of my homies still in prison. They celebrated with me in my successes and walked with me through challenges.
Now I help other homies find hope and educate communities with the heart to help. I walk with homies as they heal from their past, offer forgiveness and learn to love themselves. I try to lead through example and live in unity for the good of all God's kingdom.
Jose "Neaners" Garcia