I was born in 1963, here in Phoenix, AZ. I was in and out of Jail and Prison many times. The last time I was released from prison was on or about 2/6/2008. I had very little money, no family and went to a half-way house in Mesa, AZ.
I knew I needed a job and to live a clean productive life. About 60 days after my release, I met Bennie. I asked him for a job, letting him know that I had recently been released from prison. I asked him to please give me chance; that was over 10 years ago. I have been working 7 days a week since the morning I was given a real chance. I am a productive member of society. I have become 100% self-sufficient requiring no government assistance.
Now I want to give back and help others like me – others that need that same chance. We seek to find that really want to make it on their own and live a clean, productive life. I understand the desperation often felt by a newly released convict. Living in a half-way house with little job prospects or future opportunity. Is it any wonder so many fallback into behaviors that lead back to incarceration? This is why I have founded Fresh Start-New Beginning; to help others, knowing first-hand what is needed.
Leon Mikinka – Founder