Rocky McKay joined Felony Friday host John Odermatt to share an absolutely incredible program that he created to address recidivism in the criminal justice system. Rocky is the Founder and President of The Operation Organization, a non-profit organization, which has a program called Operation Reset that gives a “hand-up and not a hand-out” to U.S. Veterans, non violent ex-offenders re-entering society, and homeless people in need of a second chance.
Here's what we discussed on the show:
- Rocky shared how experiences during his childhood as a self described "army brat" still influence his decision making today. He explained why he started a career in roofing and how he came to acquire a nickname that he used to hate, but now embraces, "Rocky the Roofer."
- Rocky talked about the circumstances that lead to him serving 90 days in jail and how that experience completely changed his perspective on life. In jail he learned not to judge people based upon their past. He came to understand that even though people made a mistake that ultimately led to jail time, they are still individuals with hopes, dreams and families. Rocky came to understand that even though many ex-offenders had served their time, they remained shackled to their past.
- Rocky shared the goals of his Operation Reset program. Operation Reset seeks to find veterans, ex-convicts or homeless people who are serious about getting trained to fill roles where there is currently a shortage of skilled labor. Operation Reset is a program that strives to provide training, build confidence, and teach valuable skills to those who have been told “NO” due to their backgrounds, a poor decision, lack of work experience or because they’re homeless.
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