Kameron Huckleby is on the road home after incarceration, and he’s on the road to helping others do the same as a re-entry navigator in training with the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership.
In that role, he’ll be connecting other returning residents to resources like job opportunities. His mentor, Francisco Perez, appeared on “Latino Voices” to talk about helping returning residents thrive with The Road Home program.
“I was fresh out of Cook County Jail and was basically working on being back stable. And Frankie, I knew Frankie for over 10 years at this point,” Huckleby said. “He was actually coming to visit me inside the jail and when I came home, he introduced me to [The Road Home] program.”
Huckleby said he tried out other job options but ultimately realized he wanted to work with people who need the support that he received as a participant.
“We need resources and people that’ll really show you that they care … because you could feel like you don't have anyone when you come out of that place,” he said. “If you feel like you don't have anyone, it could easily put you back in that situation.”
Huckleby said being able to offer his personal experience and support as a re-entry navigator can inspire returning residents to keep going.
“The most important thing is digging deep within yourself,” he said. “What are your dreams, goals and aspirations and what do you want to do for yourself? And that’s basically it. Once you figure that out the world is yours and the sky is the limit.”