My name is Jimmy Brown and I grew up in Compton, Los Angeles. Some people say Compton is the worst part in LA, I have seen worse.
I have been together with my wife for 19 years and we have been married for 14. We have twin boys who are 10. Twins and triplets run in my family. I told my wife I did not want to start having kids till we were settled and have a house.
Before ReIgnite Hope, my life was miserable. I had been working in construction but there was no work around. A year and a half before attending ReIgnite Hope, my twin brother got shot and killed. Another one of my close friends was shot in the head and died in my arms. Six months after my brother was killed I got shot three times and I thought to myself, ‘I need to turn my life around.’ I was in the hospital and recovering for nine months. After my recovery, I went to a job fair and heard about Wheels of Hope.
ReIgnite Hope not only taught me how to weld but also taught me to be humble. Our instructor, Pastor Steve, is super humble, and I thought to myself, I want to be like him. From the time I met him I got a good vibe. It also helped me with my temper and with being patient. It used to be at the drop of a hat I would get mad but now people can even put their hands on me, I don’t get mad, I just laugh and walk away. I now work at the Program Wednesday through Saturday, helping students. The future is bright!