Homeward Alliance Blog
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3/20/2020 David Rout, Executive Director of Homeward Alliance:
Today was the first full day of operations at Aztlan Center. It was not without its operational hiccups, of course, but we are serving hundreds of individuals and improving every moment. I cannot say thank you enough to the amazing professionals who are leading this work, on the ground, every day. Click below for full statement.
When you get out of prison, you have visions of an alternative life – one with purpose and comfort and
people who care about you. Here I was, just released, in the middle of a snowstorm, alone, lost,
frustrated and angry. Prison, I thought, was better than this.
But in that moment, I planted the seed to my recovery. I went into a store and bought a planner. Even in my despair, I knew that an organized mind was the way forward. I needed to put one foot in front of the other. I needed a plan.
The next day, I went to the Murphy Center. The people there provided me with clothes and
information. That may not seem like much, but on a cold winter’s night in a place that’s foreign to you
with no family or friends, that act of kindness means the world. Just being able to talk to somebody is a
I saw three different counselors – for employment, for help with services and for parole re-entry. And
the next day I had my first job as a day laborer. I am a cook, certified in all sorts of cuisines, and it wasn’t
long before I had a full-time job as a cook.