The Impact of Gang Violence: A Father’s Perspective

Ruben shares his difficult childhood growing up in a family involved in drugs and gangs. He talks about the impact of his parents’ addiction and the party lifestyle he was exposed to as a child. Ruben also discusses his time in the foster care system and the challenges he faced. He reflects on his involvement in gang life and the tragic events that led to the loss of his best friend and his own son. Despite the hardships, Ruben has found healing and is now focused on helping others.

Ruben’s journey is one of resilience and transformation. He grew up in a family immersed in drugs and gangs, witnessing parties and drug use on a daily basis. The allure of the party life and the attention he received fueled his involvement in gang activities. Ruben’s life took a tragic turn when he lost his best friend and later his own son to gang violence. These events forced him to confront the cycle of revenge and violence that he was caught in.

After experiencing these devastating losses, Ruben found healing and redemption. He turned to his faith and discovered a new purpose in life. He became a teacher and now works with at-risk youth, using his own experiences to guide and inspire them. Ruben’s story is a testament to the power of forgiveness, healing, and the ability to overcome one’s past.