As an employee, I have the opportunity to hear incredible stories of hope often found in the darkest hours of someone’s life. Ricky, 25, faced 8 years in prison, but now he has a new life.
In 2003, his mother suddenly passed away, along with many other close friends that year. Ricky became broken and angry, using drugs and alcohol to escape from his reality. It didn’t take long before his life started to fall apart. He spent the next eight years selling and using drugs, partying heavily and making negative life decisions. In fact, he dropped out of high school.
Around this time last year, Ricky was facing eight years in Colorado’s Department of Corrections! He was alone – all his friends abandoned him during this dark time. But not everyone gave up on Ricky. As he sat in the jail cell, he spoke with God, pleading for a second chance. Shortly after, Ricky was released on bond on the condition that he enrolls in a recovery program. It was at this time that one of his family members told him about the Denver Rescue Mission’s New Life Program (NLP).
Ricky enrolled in the NLP in July 2011, and now today he has a GED and hope once again. Ricky’s potential eight year sentenced turned into a NEW LIFE in Christ! Since he has been in the New Life Program, he is free from drugs and alcohol, is in counseling sessions, taking courses in money management and healthy living, furthering his education, and is currently working on a farm in Littleton.
Ricky isn’t giving up. “I’m beginning to believe that the trouble I once faced was the best thing that ever happened to me. I have never felt so healthy and excited to live!”
Ricky’s goal is to inspire others who may be going down the wrong path, and knows he went through this process to be able to share his story, “If I could help one person change their direction in life, that would make it all worthwhile.”