Dwight: A Renewed Sense of Dignity and Purpose


As a child, Dwight lived in poverty and was surrounded by violence. After dropping out of high school at the age of 16, and losing his job at the age of 19, Dwight panicked under the weight of needing to provide for his wife and 10-month-old son. This decision cost Dwight his freedom, dignity, value, and purpose. He would experience the next 28 years of his life behind bars. When Dwight was released from prison, he spent the next two years jobless. As a convicted felon and a product of the prison system, no one would give him a second chance. We give thanks to God and others who believed in and reached out to Dwight through his Jobs for Life class at Trinity Baptist Church. Dwight has a renewed sense of his own dignity, value, purpose, freedom; he is providing for his family. He has started his own cleaning business and will soon be giving others like him the opportunity to experience the dignity of work.