Jaime Rodriguez

hoh & Ps facilitator

I help facilitate the Power Source curriculum and I’ve also facilitated HOH with great turnout. I always get great, great reviews of the impact HOH has on people – especially when dealing with the Core Self and identifying that you’re not bad because you did something bad. When facilitating the programs, the lived experience that we have allows us to be real and honest with what we are talking about; the participants are, through our own experiences, tapped into their own experiences. 

I had a seven-to-life sentence, although I had been in and out of prison since I was 18 years old. I’ve been involved in the past with drug and alcohol abuse. Although I had a dysfunctional home, I didn’t know it was dysfunctional – it was just home. I started hanging around the troublemakers at school because they accepted me and made me feel a part of something. We became involved in gangs and I ended up in juvenile halls, and eventually in prison.

I didn’t speak about my experiences until I was 35 years old. If I wanted to participate in a HOH class, I had to revisit my childhood past. HOH is a great book; it is the book that ignited the fire inside me to continue to seek some healing. Confronting myself with the moral transformation, I realized I had to tear down my belief systems that criminality, gangs, and drug and alcohol use was good. When I came face-to-face with myself, I was able to start to develop the healing process – and start to work with other people to help them out of their traumatic experiences as well.