My name is Alvin Cox and I am one of eleven children. I was raised in the projects on the south side of Chicago.  My mother was a God fearing woman, my father was an alcoholic. When I was eight, my father left my family. My older brother molested me during my childhood. I know that God protected me and strengthened me during that period. He didn’t let the abuse affect my identity.

I started smoking marijuana and using alcohol at the age of 13. My schooling was thus affected and my grades began to drop.  I actually missed graduating high school by 1/4 % of a credit.
At 18, I enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps where I served for 4 years. While there, I pursued my schooling and completed my GED. Two of these years I served in an elite fighting force in my battalion called “The Super Squad.”

I traveled throughout the world to Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Diego Garcia, and Mexico. However, because of my addictions I was finally kicked out of the service in 1984. I had been stationed in California so I continued to live there until 1987.

After leaving California, I returned to Chicago and took with me a huge crack addiction. That’s when crack began to wreck my life. I remember the night I took my first hit, I cried like a baby for I knew I was in big trouble.  Crack is the most addictive drug on the face of the earth.

I smoked crack for 13 years.  And I lost job positions with companies such as the Chicago Stock Market, a reputable dry cleaning company, and many others. But worst of all I ruined my
marriage and my self-respect. While attending a local church in Chicago my Pastor became aware of my struggles.  One day he handed me the telephone number to Teen Challenge. I put that
number in my pocket and carried it with me for one whole year before I finally was driven to call. That was the changing point in my life.

I entered Teen Challenge on March 10, 1997, and I gave my life to God. I thank my God every day for giving me a second chance.  My first day there God took away my 21-year desire for drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes.  I originally joined Teen Challenge to get rid of my addictions but in the process I had fallen in love with Jesus Christ!  He has given me true freedom. God had blessed me with two full time jobs, which at the time one of those jobs included being on staff at Milwaukee Teen Challenge as an intern where God used me to bless others.

I also donated time to “Kids in the Hood,” (a Ministry that brings the word of God to inner city kids) and I tutored them in Math.  Aside from that, I also did some volunteer work at the Rawhide Boys Ranch.

God has also gifted me in writing and singing Gospel Rap music that is used to reach kids of all ages and colors. To God be the glory!  I thank God and Teen Challenge for changing my life.  “I am blessed!”

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 11 (Galatians 2:20)

Alvin entered the re-entry program in Milwaukee Teen Challenge in May of 1998. After completing as a re-entry student he completed our Intern program.