This week on Sunday Morning Townsquare, Paul speaks with:

  • Thomas "Tahj" Gillespie, Life's Connections
  • Cozette Groot, We Do Care

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  • Thomas "Tahj" Gillespie, Life's Connections 

I'm joined by former Wealthy Street Boys gang member Thomas "Tahj" Gillespie. We chat about as a teenager what attracted him to gang life, what it was like being a member of the Wealthy Street Boys, the sense of family it provided him at the time, activities Grand Rapids gangs are involved in, what lead up to him going to prison at 18, his time in prison and what it was like, what made him realize he needed to walk away from gang life, people who took him under his wing and mentored him, how the world seemed different once he got out of prison, his involvement as the Director of Operations of Life's Connections, how he now help kids stay away from going down the gang path, things we can do as a community to highlight positive options to kids, helping gang members have the courage to walk away from gangs, his thoughts on the recent shootings in Grand Rapids and solutions that have been proposed by community leaders, the importance of positive mentors, what makes a good mentor, how to connect with Life's Connections and more……..

Life's Connections:  http://www.lifesconnections.org/

On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lifesco?sid=0.3219652111326686

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Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

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Life's Connections Part 1, Life's Connections Part 2, Life's Connections Part 3

 

  • Cozette Groot, We Do Care

I'm also joined by Cozette Groot from We Do Care. We chat about how they help children with cancer and their families, what inspired the launch of it, how community members can help out, their plans for their 28th Annual Dinner at Lincoln Lanes on March 2, volunteer opportunities, and more…..

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We Do Care

I do hope you'll have a chance to tune in! I'm really looking forward to introducing you to folks around West Michigan every week who are helping to positively shape our area with their music, their art, their bold business ideas, and the causes they're passionate about!

~Paul Jendrasiak