It has been more than 40 years since Albert was released from prison. With each passing year, he has become more steadfast in his belief that jobs are the key to freedom. Albert knows a job can provide a sense of purpose. He knows a job can foster responsibility. And he knows a job can build a higher level of commitment.
Albert knows. Because a job had that kind of impact on his life. It was the job he got when he turned to Alvis more than 40 years ago.
That job not only changed Albert's life, it also changed the lives of countless others. Because over time, Albert turned his job into a company of his own. And since then, he's been providing employment opportunities to people who need the same chance he once needed.
He sees himself when he looks into their eyes. And he remembers how his life got off track.
He was raised in a house guided by faith. Church was mandatory and rules were strict. Like many teens, Albert rebelled against a life he felt was rigid and unfair. Finally, rebellion led to incarceration. Albert still remembers the first time his mom came to see him when he was behind bars. Her tears that day left a lasting impression.
While he wishes that chapter of his life had been written differently, he recognizes it gave him the motivation he needed to redirect his priorities.
His mother told him early on that jobs don't knock on your door, you have to knock on theirs. He shares those words of wisdom on a daily basis. And for 40 years he's been there whenever someone knocks.