Jason is a native of Detroit Michigan, and one of four male siblings that he grew with in the inner city. His rough upbringing, and childhood were met with many challenges, and based on his surroundings and family dynamics he quickly became introduced to street life at an early age. The consequences of Jason’s decision making later in life based on learned behaviors lead him to serve 5 years in prison here in the state of Michigan. During his time of incarceration and being away from his family; Jason soon realized that he would need to make a series of changes in his life beginning with positive decision making to have more successful outcomes. He dialed in and used his time studying occupational therapy, culinary arts, engaging in a discipleship program with Prison Fellowship (an international organization), and began further developing his ideas, techniques, thoughts, and concepts that would help others who were facing barriers and challenges in life to have more direction on their journey of a healthier lifestyle. Since returning to society from incarceration, Jason has started multiple businesses of his own, re-established his love for music as an Artist, he has facilitated various groups and trainings, he’s assisted in Peer Navigating, he’s a member of the Lived Experience Group for the State of Michigan, which has played a key role in assisting Jason in an ongoing effort to live a sober and healthier lifestyle. Having a great support system, and staying connected to those who also share a desire to live a more fulfilling and productive life has also been key a component to his journey of a better life for him and his family. Jasons education opportunities and unique skill set has afforded him the professional opportunities to serve his community as a
Peer Recovery Coach for the (Red Project), a (Peer Support Specialist) at HealthWest, Residential Support Specialist for Hope Network, and is currently a Relationship Manager/Instructor at 70x7 Life recovery in both their Grand Rapids and Holland Locations.