Deidra Brooks, 19, was directed to the Fresh Path program by her probation officer. “I had a felony on my record,” she says. “When I came to Fresh Path, I didn’t know what it was and I didn’t think it would benefit me. But it has benefited me in many ways.”
After completing the job readiness components of the program, Deidra worked as an intern at a summer camp, cleaning and helping in the kitchen. Soon after that, she started working at Jacksonville’s foodbank distribution operation FarmShare, and after one week as an intern she was offered a fulltime job.
“I load trucks, I load stuff on pallets, I wrap boxes, I put food out to go to the different agencies to donate to others for food drives, for the disabled,” she says.
Fresh Ministries made a dramatic difference in her life, Deidra says. “I’m off probation now. If it wasn’t for Fresh Path keeping me busy with something that could benefit me in the future, I don’t know where I’d be.”
Deidra says that her Fresh Path training taught her the value of hard work and providing excellent customer service.
“I think I have a chance now at a good life and being successful,” she says.