Johnny came to the Momentum program while he was still on parole. He is originally from the south side of Chicago, but, he was stuck in Kalamazoo as a condition of his parole. Johnny spent much of his life in the gangs of Chicago’s south side but he was looking for a way out, he needed hope and he needed someone to walk alongside him for a while. Johnny graduated from Momentum over two and a half years ago and we still see him weekly. He is fighting to find solid footing in this new way of life he has chosen, and we could not be more proud of who he is today.
When Dan enrolled in the Momentum program, he had recently finished a 15+ year stay in the criminal justice system. He wanted to work, but he was having a hard time finding someone who would give him a chance. During our intake interview we asked him how many jobs he had applied for in the last six months, his answer, over 100 applications. The hard part is that he had not received one call back. After completing the Momentum program, we had no problem finding a solid job for Dan.
Like many others who walk through our doors, Amanda came to us with very little hope in her current situation; she was just released from prison, had an extensive criminal background, and had large gaps in her work history. However, Amanda took the little bit of hope she had and joined the Momentum program. Amanda successfully graduated the Momentum program and is finding continual success in her life. Since graduating Momentum she was successfully placed in employment, got married, and had a child.