ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — By age 12, Vince Aragon was involved with gangs and was smoking marijuana. Kicked out of his home when he was 15, he started experimenting with harder narcotics, selling them and committing other crimes. He had a daughter when he was 17, a son when he was 21 and has spent much of his adult life in and out of jail.
After his last stint in jail, he finally decided to change his life and found support at Fathers Building Futures, an economic development initiative of PB&J Family Services. He worked in their mobile detailing business and eventually became a manager.
Now, 2½ years later, he is part of a PB&J collaborative with Roadrunner Food Bank and is learning to drive trucks on food pickup routes while he inches toward getting his commercial driver’s license.