Kevin Houiellebecq, founder of FFLM has spent most of his adult life working with people who would be considered on the margins of society. This has included working with children
from deprived cities in America, street kids in Singapore, and then in England worked in a drug rehabilitation centre, a young offenders secure unit, as a Behavioural Support Officer in
a Comprehensive school, as well as other paid and voluntary positions in local government and charities.
After having trained and qualified as a Social Worker, Kevin returned to his home in Jersey and was employed as a Probation Officer by the Probation and After-Care Service. He
greatly enjoyed this work. A number of those he met genuinely seemed to be looking for a way to break out of their cycle of crime and addiction, yet frustratingly he often saw many of them return over and over again. As a Christian Kevin knew there must be another way of helping them. This was compounded when, towards the last year as a Probation Officer he
started having a recurring dream.
The dream was of some Probation clients many years later coming up to him, pounding him on the chest with tears in their eyes saying, “Why? Why? Why didn’t you tell me there was another way?”
As a result of this dream Kevin knew he had to find a way through which he could explain to those in such situations that freedom could be found for their lives and their past did not have to define their future. Kevin’s desire was to establish a way of supporting people in a holistic way – physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Kevin took the step to leave the Probation Service and then after about a year of planning and preparation, Freedom For Life Ministries was established.
The work has grown significantly and proves both very challenging but equally exciting. It is of immense joy to see people putting their past criminal lifestyle behind them and moving into a brand new future. All things are possible. Everyone matters. No one is beyond help.