Re-Thinking Your Purpose with Sammy Rangel – 4-9-16
February 26, 2016
The journey we embark on in the early part of our lives is heavily influenced by our family circumstances, environment, and cultural influences. The path that we initially take often must be re-considered when we enter a new stage of life, and realize that what we thought was working in our life is no longer working.
This is particularly true in situations defined by difficult circumstances such as a life of abuse, crime, or addiction. When the circumstances that created our path are no longer available, or no longer an option, how do we re-think what our purpose is, and find a new definition of our life’s calling? This week we are joined by a guest who has not only personally navigated his own journey of re-thinking his purpose, but now helps others re-think theirs as well.
Sammy Rangel was born into abuse, and spent most of his early years in mental institutions, foster homes, and detention homes. He embraced violence at the age of 11, joining the Maniac Latin Disciples gang and spending long periods in prison. It wasn’t until a drug abuse program helped him rehabilitate that Sammy began to further his education and start working for a Safe Streets Outreach Program in Wisconsin.Today, he writes articles for Life After Hate and consults with law enforcement on addressing and curtailing gang behavior. Sammy is the author of the autobiography FOURBEARS: The Myths of Forgiveness.
In 2004 Sammy graduated from Gateway Technical College-Racine and from Carthage College with a Bachelors of Social Work Degree with a minor in Psychology, Cum Laude. In 2009 Sammy graduated with a Master of Social Work Degree, Summa Cum Laude, with a mental health focus, from Loyola University-Chicago.
Sammy has also worked at the Racine County Jail as a Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor helping men and women with addictive and criminal lifestyles. Sammy contributes to the community by sitting on various committees that address race, homelessness, crime, gang activity or drug abuse issues among our youth and adults. He is also the founder of Formers Anonymous, an organization with a mission to help people move beyond their addiction to street life.
Sammy is an in-demand speaker and has spoken about his story to audiences around the world. In May 2015, he appeared on stage at the TedX Conference in Budapest speaking on “The Power of Forgiveness”. Sammy’s presentation is available on You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOzJO6HRIuA&feature=youtu.be.
Sammy has been a guest on our show before and we are honored to welcome him back to inspire our listeners.