Leon’s Story

I want to give back and help others

I was born in 1963 here in Phoenix, AZ. I was in and out of Jail and Prison many times. The last time I was released from Prison was on or about 2/6/2008. I had very little money, no family and went to a half-way house in Mesa, AZ.

I knew I needed a job and to live a clean productive life. About 60 days after my release, I met someone named Bennie. I asked him for a job, letting him know that I had recently been released from Prison. I asked him to please give me chance. That was just over 4 years ago. I have been there 7 days a week for 12-14 hours a day since the morning he gave me a chance. I can now say that I am a productive member of society. I have become 100% self-sufficient with no government assistance.

Now I feel that I want to give back and help others that need a chance because they want to make it on their own and live a clean productive life. I understand the desperation that is often felt by a newly released convict.  Living in a half-way house with little job prospects or  future opportunity.  Is it any wonder so many fallback into behaviors that lead back to incarceration? This is why I have founded Fresh Start-New Beginning; to help others, knowing first-hand what is needed.

Thank you so much for your time.


Leon Mikinka Founder