Ex-con finds redemption through HIM - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Ex-con finds redemption through HIM

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Hope Inspired Ministries in Montgomery is on the eve of graduating two classes Saturday. One of the graduates has a story to tell, one that shows there is hope in the midst of the penetrating darkness of a jail cell. That's where Angelicia Willis spent 25 years, at Tutwiler Prison.

"I went out with my boyfriend and his brother one night, they ended up committing a robbery and a murder. I was in the car at the time and I didn't report it," said Willis.

Released four months ago, Willis is one day away from achieving a remarkable turnaround, graduating from Hope Inspired Ministries, or HIM.

"I'm just beginning a new chapter in my life and it's so amazing to me," she said.

The HIM program focuses on people who want a second chance, helping them find jobs.

"They will learn life skills, soft skills. We will work with them on vocabulary, spelling, grammar," said Leanne Jordan, Program Director for HIM.

Willis spent four weeks learning what it takes to succeed in life. Time in a classroom like this one required breaking old habits and forming new ones.

"I just applied myself every morning, woke up ready to come and learn something new," said Willis.

Willis will not only graduate Saturday, but she already has a full time job lined up at HIM as an instructor.

"I'm happy and I'm at a good place in my life right now," Willis said.

As Angelicia Willis pondered the mere thought of walking across the stage in a cap and gown, she thought about how far she's come, the journey from prison to freedom.

Hope Inspired Ministries started in 2012 and graduates anywhere from 35 to 40 students per year. Graduation ceremonies will begin at 2 p.m. at HIM on Adams Avenue.

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