Participant Testimonials

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The testimonials in our book, Two Steps Forward hopefully make us think of how we, collectively, in our communities, welcome, accompany and help those coming out of prison who want to redirect their lives and contribute to society. These ex-offenders are in fact our children, our friends, our colleagues, our neighbours.

 

We continue to add testimonials not found in our book, stories that compel us to think more collectively about our next steps forward together – how to reach, work and stand with those on the margins and help them into sustainable independence...from prison to community.  

Kyle's Testimonial

I would like to start off by saying that I love living at Quixote House.  It is a cool and a really nice place to live. There are so many nice people here, it’s a good environment, and the guys I live with like to joke around with me.  We get along well, and I have a good sense of humour. ​I was a regular kid, growing up in Winnipeg my whole life.  I lived with my mom and my stepdad, and I would spend time hanging out with friends  Read more ...

Len's
Testimonial

When I think about my childhood it is tough to think about as there was some good times but lots of difficult times.  I grew up in Shamattawa and then about age 10 my younger brother and I were sent to several different foster homes and group homes on quite a few different reserves and different cities and towns.  We were 6 kids and there was a lot of drinking in our family growing up and I remember a family house fire that was very upsetting. ​ Read more ...

Grant's Testimonial

I had an average childhood. There was drinking involved and I can’t say that I was neglected but there were a lot of people in the house. Dad got abusive to my mom and she moved back to her reserve. Us kids were distributed to foster homes. First I was put with a woman who couldn’t have children. I sure got a beating a lot from her. But I did learn to chop wood and shovel. I did whatever it took though I eventually got into trouble. It was 70% bad and 30% good, and always hectic. Read more ...

Ice's  Testimonial

I grew up in the Calgary area.  I was a small kid so I used to get bullied a lot. Because I was told only to stand up for others and not myself, I walked or ran away. In retrospect, it was the wrong thing to do.  I was horribly awkward at 14 years old but sprouted up and things normalized. From high school, I went straight into the military. Both grandparents served in World War II, so since I was three years old, I’ve always wanted to be a soldier.  It was a natural fit but a half good - half bad experience. Read more ...​

Jay's
Testimonial 

I grew up in a lower middle class family in racist Northern Manitoba town.  My dad is Metis and my mom is white.  Life was hard with the alienation and violence so I grew up as a loner. In elementary school, it wasn’t so bad yet because kids weren’t as judgemental at that point. In high school thought, that changed. It started okay.  During freshie week, I got in with the cool people.  They were over one day, sitting and chatting on the lawn when my dad came home.   Read more ...

Hal's Testimonial

I was born on a dairy farm in Manitoba. Many good friends were in my life, and I rode horses. I quit school at 15 years old because the principal said I was better off if I did. Admittedly, I was a shit disturber anyways. So, I worked on my dad’s farm until I was 23 years old. It was then that I lost Darryl and Kelly, Jeff and Lori, and Ivan who died all within months of each other. We were all in the same grade together, so I was grieving like crazy. Read more ...

Moe's Testimonial

I am excited to be doing this interview to share with you how Future Hope and Next Step have impacted my life. I grew up in rural Manitoba on a farm a few hours from Winnipeg. My memories of being a kid involve lots of outdoor fun, hard work, lots of involvement in growing crops and helping with the animals. I enjoyed hard work but always saw it as just what we did as a family. Our family worked together, went school and clothes shopping and we bought new things to improve our farm. No family is perfect; I argued  Read more ...

Pizza Boy's Testimonial

 Hi my name is Pizza Boy and I am happy to share with you a bit about my life, the ups and downs and how Next Step and Quixote House have been such a wonderful addition to my life. I came to Canada when I was only a year old, and my parents worked very hard to create a wonderful life and upbringing for myself and my brother. Read more ...