De’Jone Watts

Women's Support and Social Services Manager

Central Valley California

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Prior to coming to Root & Rebound, DeJone was an Americorps Vista, and a volunteer at a women’s rehabilitation home in Fresno, CA. She, pulling from her own experiences, counseled women and taught classes there. DeJone has always served others, even in her darkest times, she’d do what she could – it was the one thing that made her feel purposeful. But when she got home from prison, she was told that with her background, she would never get to work in the field she was most passionate about (Helping others out of dark places) . DeJone applied time and time again. She applied to orgs that work within the community, was offered positions, and yet even after disclosing her charges, her offers were revoked. This was devastating for her. But her faith was strong, and the village around her would speak over her when she felt weary, reminding her that she was called to this work, and nothing she went through would be wasted. DeJone knew that eventually she would get a yes, so she continued to pray and apply. DeJone reached out to R&R for help with record cleaning. A couple of years later a position became available, and she applied.

On a personal level, DeJone is a believer, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and mentor.  She’s a system impacted, formerly incarcerated woman who loves to build up community, and use her personal experience to pave the way. DeJone loves being in environments that promote good health within the mental, spiritual, emotional, physical, and financial areas of her life. She believes that the healthier one is in those areas, the easier it is to teach others to live from the same place. And as a system impacted woman, who is focused on shifting things generationally for her children, and the people she serves, those areas of growth are fundamental. DeJone as a way of life believes in walking in love, extending grace, and forgiveness daily.

A few of her favs:

Matt 22:37-39, John 15:1-17,  Proverbs 1:3,5-6 , Matt 25:23

“The fruit of love is service, which is compassion in action” – St. Mother Teresa

“It takes a village” – DeJone

De’Jone Watts

Women's Support and Social Services Manager

Central Valley California

Email De'Jone

Prior to coming to Root & Rebound, DeJone was an Americorps Vista, and a volunteer at a women’s rehabilitation home in Fresno, CA. She, pulling from her own experiences, counseled women and taught classes there. DeJone has always served others, even in her darkest times, she’d do what she could – it was the one thing that made her feel purposeful. But when she got home from prison, she was told that with her background, she would never get to work in the field she was most passionate about (Helping others out of dark places) . DeJone applied time and time again. She applied to orgs that work within the community, was offered positions, and yet even after disclosing her charges, her offers were revoked. This was devastating for her. But her faith was strong, and the village around her would speak over her when she felt weary, reminding her that she was called to this work, and nothing she went through would be wasted. DeJone knew that eventually she would get a yes, so she continued to pray and apply. DeJone reached out to R&R for help with record cleaning. A couple of years later a position became available, and she applied.

On a personal level, DeJone is a believer, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and mentor.  She’s a system impacted, formerly incarcerated woman who loves to build up community, and use her personal experience to pave the way. DeJone loves being in environments that promote good health within the mental, spiritual, emotional, physical, and financial areas of her life. She believes that the healthier one is in those areas, the easier it is to teach others to live from the same place. And as a system impacted woman, who is focused on shifting things generationally for her children, and the people she serves, those areas of growth are fundamental. DeJone as a way of life believes in walking in love, extending grace, and forgiveness daily.

A few of her favs:

Matt 22:37-39, John 15:1-17,  Proverbs 1:3,5-6 , Matt 25:23

“The fruit of love is service, which is compassion in action” – St. Mother Teresa

“It takes a village” – DeJone

Why do you come to work at Root & Rebound every day?

I wanted to work with an organization that walks out what they say they stand for. From my experience as a client, I knew R&R did just that. It was important to me that I had the room to learn, grow, use my story, be creative, and authentic. In order to serve our community effectively, I needed a place where I could be myself. Somewhere where my experiences would be viewed as strengths, and honored. I wanted to do ground work, feet to the pavement, walking alongside clients who were coming out of addiction, incarceration, bad relationships. I love serving those that others have forgotten about or discarded. I love an underdog story! I’m an underdog myself. There’s no greater joy than to bring hope to the hopeless, joy to the joyless, employment to the jobless, housing to the homeless, be a village for those who have no one, and bring FREE legal assistance to those that feel they have no voice or no rights.
I mean, I get to assist in snatching people out of dark places for a living. What’s better than that?

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