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My name is Terrance and growing up in Chicago, I experienced a lot of hurdles including falling victim to the streets. I was incarcerated at the age of 19.  I was released six years later with no family members in Madison, no clothing and no support to help me get situated in a new environment, but I was determined to get my life on track.  I do not want to go back to become the same person I was before I entered prison.

The first place my parole agent bought me to was Community Action Coalition during the Koats for Kids campaign.  I signed-up for the program.  While incarcerated, I developed some job skills.  The skills I learned were C-Tech (cable specialist), brick layer/ masonry, Green Cleaning custodian and Publication which taught me basic computer skills. Leshon at CAC helped me work-thought my financial problems and then helped me to move out of poverty by helping me to build a resume that reflected these skills.

Since visting the Community Action Coalition and working with Leshon, I have moved up from a cashier at McDonalds to a Management position. I was then able to establish solid credit for the first time in my life.  I was able to finance a car. I am now working on bringing my son to Wisconsin to make sure he does not fall victim to the streets.  I also will be starting school to further my education in field of business.  Creating a new life has taken a lot of determination and hard work.  But, I am certain that my life today would not have been possible without the opportunities provided to me by Community Action Coalition!