For over 15 years, Ben was a successful engineer, working for Volvo and Yamaha. He had a beautiful home, children who adored their father, and a loving wife. However,after years of battling drug addiction Ben allowed drugs to take over his life.
Work no longer had the same luster, financial responsibilities began to slip, He even missed his son's graduation chained to his addiction. Ben lost everything that he loved and cherished, all for the unfaithful love found at the end of a pipe. On this destructive path it was inevitable, he eventually lost my freedom.
Today, as he reflects back, although nothing can ever replace the family and love that he lost, in his brokenness he has found an opportunity to become regenerated. First, Ben had to explore internal issues, a darkness within himself had to be brought into the light. He had to confront the underlying issues that enabled him to lose control. Ben sought help through self-help groups such as Drug Counseling, Anger Management and Non-Violent Communications. But more importantly he developed a closer connection with his creator.
With a healthier core, Ben became determined to enhance his skill set. He was afforded a rare opportunity to attend college classes at University. He also obtained Vocational training in Upholstery, and he gained Entrepreneurial skills.
Not overlooking all of the milestones Ben had achieved during his incarceration, he believes that he is at the threshold of something even greater. Ben is one of 16 men within the California Prison system who have been selected to participate in a Coding program. Ben will receive training in Software Development technology. The fastest growing industry in the world!
As Ben prepares to be released from prison, he is positioned to be received back into his community as a emotionally, morally, and spiritually healthier individual. Ben also will have the training and expertise to rejoin society as a productive and valuable asset.
Ben believes and hopes everyone chooses to agree, life is about second chances, and sometimes a second chance is all it takes to save a life, It certainly has changed his.
NICRO is committed to turning lives around - We encourage all South Africans not to stand back, but become involved either by donating a monthly amount, a once-off donation or look at the NICRO wish list for support in kind for around the country and see how you can assist.