Age 34, From Stockton, CA
Ken spent seven years in federal prison. He was involved with selling cocaine through a group that originated in Mexico. The group was under surveillance by the federal government and he, along with other group members, was incarcerated as a result.
Today he’s a functioning member of society and owns his own business.
Ken owns Sankofa Providers of Nevada, a behavioral health outpatient treatment provider that helps the mentally challenged. Ken opened the business last year and currently has 10 staff members.
While he was in prison, Ken completed his GED and went on to college. After prison, no one wanted to hire him because he was overqualified for the jobs at the companies that were willing to hire felons. One day, Ken found himself at a BBQ playing dominoes when he met a gentlemen who owned a business in town. Ken asked the man if he was hiring and quickly received a job. He worked at the company for a while before he realized he could go out on his own and do it better.
“The only way I’m going to find out if I can do it is to go out and try,” Ken said.
Ken still attends weekly group meetings at Ridge House.
He enjoys attending group meetings at Ridge House because he’s able to share his story with what he calls his “second family.”
“I like that I’m able to give input if I have advice for someone else in the group. We all have a past. We can all relate to each other,” Ken said.
During group meetings, groups discuss the 12-step recovery process, better ways to think through situations, behavioral triggers and the importance of having respect for one another.
Ken’s biggest struggle that he usually brings up during group counseling is being a single dad to his 10-year old daughter. He’s still going through the difficult task of getting reacquainted with his now pre-teen.
“I am so happy that I have Troy and Dan whom I can speak to through groups. We can piggy-back off each other. I believe in participation. If you participate, you’re going to get a lot out of it. They let us run the group but keep us on track. I’m really thankful for that,” Ken said.