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    My Story: Angelo Pegeuese

    My name is Angelo Pegeuese. I was born and raised in Winston-Salem, NC.  I was a troubled teenage boy who was raised by a single mother. I started getting into trouble with the law at the age of 14 and in 2005, when I was 18, I was convicted of multiple offenses and sentenced to 12 years in prison.

    Those had to be the toughest years of my life. During those years I completed multiple certificates for three different trades, and received my G.E.D. While in prison, I was charged with assault and given two years in the hole. The hole is a one man cell – you get one hour a day out of your cell, if you are lucky. This is when I knew it was time for a change. I started planning and setting goals because my release date was approaching.

    In 2011, I got out of the hole and finished my time as a model inmate. Toward the end of my sentence, Project Re-entry was introduced as a pre-release program and thankfully, I qualified. Project Re-entry taught me what to expect and how to prepare for what the world has to offer.

    I was released from prison in 2013, and went to Goodwill to meet with the Re-entry team. They helped me set out a plan, connected me to resources, gave me clothing for interviews, and bus transportation. We worked on my resume and I hit the pavement looking for work. In two months I was placed as a temp at Hayward (a local company).

    I enrolled in school to study electronics engineering technology. Since then, I have purchased my own car and I have my own apartment. Even more important – my daughter was born. She came four months early and stayed in the NICU for six months. In the mist of juggling school and work full time, I made sure to make time for her. I’m graduating next fall with an associates in electronics and computers.

    My daughter has been home for a year, and she is getting big and healthy. By the grace of God, she has no health issues. I’m up for a promotion at Hayward – which would be my third since I was hired – and I’m ready for this next step. With my career and my education, I know there is no limit to what I can do.

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    • Sharon
      April 12th, 2016 at 1:15 pm

      Angelo, you are a terrific example of a person who turns his/her life around and understands what happiness means. I am proud of you and hope you have a wonderful life! God watch over you and your family!

    • Nellie
      April 12th, 2016 at 6:53 pm

      Angelo, I commend you on your success. You were born to succeed. I personally know what you lived. I worked in that field a life time and it is gratifying to see that you considered your life and future. God bless you and your family. There is no stopping you from success. Congratulations and best wishes for the rest of your life.

    • Shannon
      April 12th, 2016 at 7:45 pm

      Angelo,

      Thank you so much for sharing your story! It’s so easy to get stuck. We all do that in different ways. It must feel glorious to turn things around. That’s beautiful that your baby girl is doing well. Blessings all around.

      S

    • angelo
      April 15th, 2016 at 4:41 am

      Thank you so much it feels great

    • Shellie
      April 28th, 2016 at 8:30 pm

      Angelo, i wish i could give you a big high 5 and hug! Just reading your story gives me faith that other young people can come out of the system and do good things with their lives if THEY want to. I an so proud of you and your accomplishments. God bless you and you perfect daughter.

    • Michael Thomas
      May 3rd, 2016 at 12:44 pm

      Angelo has proven to be an inspiration to, not only himself; but to many others who have come behind him. His story has only just begun as he continues to earn his degrees in Higher Education and applies the principals that have been instilled in him and those he has instilled in himself. To piggy back off what he has said, “the sky is truly the limit” MT

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