Javen, who has been a workshop facilitator and speaker with us for the past 6 months, is taking over as Outreach and Intake Specialist for Young Adults so Durell can transition into our second CEDAR Community Navigator role! Welcome, Javen!
“The way that my journey has been the last five years has been close to a movie written by Antwon Fisher, but not as dramatic. It would only probably make a million tops. However, it would be worth the $5 I would charge to watch it. I was born in a small town 30 miles south of Milwaukee, Wisconsin known as Racine. When I was 11 my mother shipped me to Fort Worth, Texas to be raised by my father. You are talking about a drastic switch. My father is a Pastor! And when I say there was a battle between good and evil in our house, being misguided as a pastor’s son, it was ever so real. I grew up both book and street smart. However, the street side took over. It wasn’t until after my four years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice that I found my passion to give back to the community that I had disrespected. I moved to Seattle in October of 2018 to start a new life and a new beginning. Not knowing how that new life would look. You can say I was the modern-day Abram. I packed up my truck and drove to Seattle. Since I have been here, I have truly found my stride and rhythm for life. Who would have thought that a mountain could redirect my view of life!
The words “choose 180” mean so much to me because someone in prison told me I had the choice to choose a different path. That I could choose a 180. And now working for Choose 180, I have the ability to give someone the opportunity to choose their 180.”