Troy Freeman’s last name says it all. He is a free man but life hasn’t always been this way.
“My own family disowned me at the time,” said Troy Freeman.
Freeman had six trips to prison because of his battle with alcohol but after his last stay behind bars he vowed to never return.
“I got a job less than a week after that,” said Freeman. “I guess because I felt good about myself and it was just a blessing.”
Freeman’s new life started with hand delivered clothing from One Man’s Treasure. This nonprofit aims to help men just released from prison. Executive Director Annette Jenkins says everyone deserves a second chance at life.
“So many of these men go to prison and they serve their time and they want to change their lives,” said Annette Jenkins.
Since 2005, One Man’s Treasure has helped to clothe more than two thousand and five hundred men. Because of their help, these men are much less likely to return to prison.
“It’s a ministry of hope,” said Jenkins. “It’s a ministry of dignity.”
Volunteers say it’s important to help restore the men who are being released back into our communities.
“I get to go to their homes, meet their family, and watch the smiles on their faces when they receive this set of clothing,” said Volunteer Jeffrey Parker.
“When they receive that package, it’s like you just took them to Macy’s,” said Larry Gardner. “It’s like they just went to Dillard’s, and they’re so grateful.”
Freeman admits he will forever be grateful. Today he is a proud business owner and hires formerly incarcerated men which is helping others get their lives back on track.
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