Please join us in welcoming our new Jail –> Jobs Chaplain, Saulo Cooper. Keep reading to see some of Saulo’s story:
 “Most people’s very first memories of their childhood are usually fond memories. Mine were not. They are memories filled with hurt, pain and abandonment. If I could sum up my years of childhood in one word, I would say that it was STOLEN. As I entered my teens I struggled with all the pain I had endured and I was unable to cope with it all. So I ran away from home at the age of 15. Shortly after that, I joined a gang and started to go in and out of the jail system. I became a career criminal, involved in everything from selling/doing drugs, stealing, robbing, etc.

That life finally landed me in jail facing 60 years. I was in a single man cell and I realized that my life was over. That’s when I cried out to God and I asked him to save me. Praise God – He did! I didn’t receive the full 60 years by God’s mercy, but I did get 12 years. During that time, God transformed me. I received my 4-year Bible college degree and an associates in religious education. But most importantly I became sold out for Jesus. Even though God did not intend for me to go to prison, He used prison for His good.

The reason I wanted to be a part of the Jail — > Jobs team is because I believe in using my past mistakes, experiences and victories to help bring about change in a troubled teen’s future. I also believe that God has given me a gift to emotionally understand these youth and connect with them. Through that connection I am able to shine light into the darkest areas of their lives.

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