It started back in 2009 when Scott Vanderhoof was put behind bars for almost two years. He had a 23-year-old son he didn't know and a wife he thought would never forgive him, but because of those two years in jail and a program called Simple Acts Ministry, he finally had the drive to turn everything around.
"When you can see a stranger come to you in your darkest time in your life and show you love and show you concern, there's strength in it beyond words" Vanderhoof says.
Vanderhoof, who once went through the Simple Acts Ministry program, now helps others follow in his footsteps. "In prison they called me Santa Claus. This is a picture from our graduating class, I was just getting ready to be released. I made a call to check on my son and he turned the computer around and said momma is this him?" Scott Vanderhoof says.
The program not only offers housing for those just released, they teach life skills. "The classes and the teachings taught us to go back into a situation and figure out what needed to be corrected... They gave us the pattern and the example to do that correction, so I can sit here today with my family restored. It wasn't an easy process," Scott Vanderhoof says.
"We let our love be the example for the men that come through this program", Cody Tucker, Vanderhoof's son, says.
Vanderhoof is in charge of this housing, from flowers and gardens to Bar-B-Q pits, and future plans for a fountain and fish.
"It's an oasis in the desert," Tucker says.
Classes are held every day to teach residents how to pay bills and how to deal with everyday situations. Some of these men have been behind bars for nearly 30 years, so they have to be taught things like how to use email and cell phones.
"Going to prison was not a curse for me, it was what I needed. I needed to change and we want to portray that to the men that come here" Vanderhoof says.
If you want to get involved in the Simple Act's Ministry program, you can get their information on their website: simpleactsministry.org.
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