Garrick Thames


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I grew up right here in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Growing up, I watched my mother jump from job to job just to make enough money to keep the family afloat. I finally got fed up watching my mother struggle so I turned to the street life for help. I found plenty of things on the streets: a drug habit, time in prison and loads of pain but not help. I reached a turning point when I had to fight for my twins. As I went through that process, my life finally became meaningful. With God’s grace, I stopped using drugs, got married, gained custody of my twins, became a father to my older daughter, obtained my GED and earned my diploma in Urban Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. After I graduated I published my first book, Why I Hated Oprah Lives Are Meant to Be Changed which is about my mother and I. I am proud of the work that I do for the men in our communities and live by these words: “Lives are meant to be changed so let’s do our job and change some”.