"I sat in prison for violent offenses for 9 years and then again, for another 5 years. I grew up in a tough neighborhood. I come from criminal families. My father also served a prison sentence, as well as two of my brothers.
“During the years in prison I married a woman from my village. When I was released I had a child from her, a child who doesn't know me at all. I had no idea how to be a father, how to go out and make a living.
I sat down with the Comeback people. I think until that moment, I didn't know I could be on the side of the normal people. I thought this was it. I'd be in and out of jail, just like my dad. They managed to get me out of the rut.
“Today I work in a factory. Hard work but I have a desire to move forward. I look at my manager, and say to myself: I can be a manager too. I'm not going back to prison. I don’t like my job, but is it better to sit behind bars? I get up every morning and kiss my boy.
“At the same time Comeback encouraged me to study. I am studying an evening course in trading in the stock market, arranging a future for myself. It interests me and I have the abilities for it"
The Story of Shalom
"I came up with a lot of ideas for things I wanted to do in my life, but I was scattered and disorganized. In a long process at Comeback, I learned to organize all the projects I set for myself.
“During the years in prison I married a woman from my village. When I was released I had a child from her, a child who doesn't know me at all. I had no idea how to be a father, how to go out and make a living."
"I am 34 years old. I immigrated to Israel at a young age."
“I think the program really gave me the opportunity to prove that I'm worth more.”