Kelvin Manurs is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist, a Returning Citizen from Incarceration and a U.S. Army Veteran, who has had many successes and challenges in his life. After high school he entered the military where he served during Desert Storm. Toward the end of his service, he began to struggle greatly and used drugs and alcohol to cope.
He went to numerous treatment programs through the Veterans Administration and in the private sector while continuing to struggle with his addiction, and the pain of transitioning into an uncertain life. Finally getting clean after seventeen years of addiction, Kelvin found himself still enamered with the criminal lifestyle. Kelvin was arrested in 2009 and servered five years in prison, it was during those five years of incarceration that Kelvin was able to find, “The Place where He Belonged”. It was in active participation in the lives of Returning Citizens from Incarceration and Veterans, that he found his purpose.
Through spiritual guidance, Kelvin started a program and curriculum for incarcerated drug dealers like himself, called Arm & Arm. Now this program has developed into a non-profit corporation, a resource and support system for all Returning Citizens from Incarceration in the state of Virginia. Kelvin is also striving to see his vision spread across the United States.