ROCKFORD (WIFR) – Hundreds of people are working hard to improve the image of the Rockford area through the Transform Rockford movement and that includes a local convicted felon.
For years, Tretara Flowers has struggled to find a job and a home after spending six years in prison for a home invasion.
“I was convicted when I was 18 and really spend my prime years being incarcerated.
One she was released, Flowers says her past wouldn’t allow her to move on and make a better life for her 4-year-old son.
“It was very discouraging that you fill out 10 to 20 applications and they respond by sending you your rap sheet in the mail.”
That’s when she decided to volunteer as one of more than a dozen facilitators for the Transform Rockford visioning sessions.
“It has given me inspiration, because before, I didn’t have a lot of inspiration.”
Flowers will receive her bachelor’s degree in business administration next month and then start a master’s program. She hopes getting involved in this movement will take her even further.
“It’s helping me more than I’m helping it. It’s a great place for me to network.”
Flowers believes this effort will do more than Transform Rockford, she thinks it will transform more lives.
The next visioning session is Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club on Mill Road.
Organizers say the next step will be combining all of the different visions together and brainstorming ways to make the visions a reality.