Mica Garrett, entrepreneur and Executive Director of Austin non-profit organization Bridge to Freedom (B2F), shares a little about B2F and how it is helping ex-offenders.

AWN: What is your name?

MG: Mica Garrett

AWN: What is the name of your business/organization?

MG: Bridge to Freedom (B2F)

AWN: How long has your business been in operation?

MG: 3 years

AWN: In a few words, what is your business’s mission statement?

MG: We will equip, develop, and empower broken yet capable adults who are reentering life from prison to lead their families and communities out of bondage into interdependent wholeness, freedom, and life.

AWN: In what ways has your business effected/influenced the community around you?

MG: We have empowered more then 100 men and women who have come home from prison. Austin has the largest number of parolees coming back into the community.

AWN: What are some of your business’s future plans/goals?

MG: To own more businesses so we can employee ex offenders.

AWN: Who/what has influenced you the most in your entrepreneurial endeavors?

MG: The need for ex offenders to have jobs.

AWN: How can our readers contact your business/organization?

MG: We can be reached at (773) 888-7435, (312) 513-8093 or www.bridge2freedom.org.

AWN: Tell us a little about yourself.

MG: I have a a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration and Security (graduates in June 2013). I will begin my doctorate in Organizational Management this week. I am a certified drug facilitator for Free-N-One, which is a Christian Twelve Step Substance Abuse Program.

I am grateful for my own time behind bars, which I credit to helping turn my life around. Overcoming a 30-year battle with drugs and serving time in prison gives me laser insight into diagnosing and managing the recovery of paroled inmates, ex-offenders, as well as other high risk individuals. And, these same qualities help me to train and assist others who would like to work in a similar field.

I am married. I have three children who are married and enjoy spending time with my grandchildren, while instilling real life lessons into them.

One of my favorite quotes is, “Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.” –Tennyson