Clinton Ketchup will never forget the day he got out of jail — 1 September 2015. After five years inside, he was determined to change his life.
“When I was young I thought it was fun going in and out of jail but as I got older I started thinking about finding another way,” Mr Ketchup said.
“After I got out of jail I went into a rehabilitation program on Palm Island and found a men’s group (Uncle Alfred’s) where I could talk to other brothers like me.”
On weekends, Clinton would also visit YML’s Dale Parker Place.
“I used to visit the old Dale Parker Place on Bowen Road because I had a couple of brothers in there from Palm,” Mr Ketchup said. “I tried to encourage them to come to Uncle Alfred’s with me (Uncle Alfred did a bus pick-up from Dale Parker every Tuesday night).”
As Clinton’s graduation date from his rehab program drew close, he knew he needed to find a new place to stay. So when he saw Charles, a case manager from Dale Parker Place, at Uncle Alfred’s one night he went up and introduced himself.
“I said ‘Hey brother you, don’t you work at Dale Parker? I want to know if I can get in there because I graduate soon and I’ve got nowhere to stay.’ Charles was happy to try and help so I gave him the number for the rehab,” Mr Ketchup said.