Meet Paul Paul is our new Executive Assistant and mostly works out of the office at our community just outside Pahokee, FL. When you call our office at 561-924-5556, he is the one most likely to answer, so give him a call and welcome him to the Restoration Destination team!
My name is Paul Quintal and this is my testimony of the first year of the rest of my life. After spending 9 ½ years in prison I was scheduled to be released in April of 2018. Up until approximately 6 months before I was supposed to be released, I was expecting to return to my life with my ex-wife in Daytona Beach. We were and still are best friends, but she decided she was not ready for me to be in her life full time. So, suddenly, I was a man without a place to call home as I had no other friends or relatives living in Daytona, or Florida for that matter.I briefly tried to find housing with my family in Massachusetts, but that did not work out, primarily because of the short notice. Due to the circumstances of my case, I was about to be released homeless in South Florida. As you might suspect, I was distraught but I also knew that the Lord would take care of me. Being honest, I will tell you that I was never a religious man. Do not misunderstand, I have always believed in God and have worshipped Him, but I was not a church going person.About a month before my release, my case manager told me about Restoration Destination. I told my ex-wife about them and she looked them up on the internet and told me about the place. I immediately jumped at the opportunity, went through the application process and interview and was ecstatic when approved. Because of the last minute nature of the process, the bureau of prisons had already purchased a bus ticket for me from Tampa to Belle Glade, so I did not get the joy of a prison pickup by Ted. Instead I was dropped off at a convenience store in Belle Glade, but fortunately Ted and Jerry were there to meet me, take me out to eat and most importantly welcome me to my new HOME.I emphasize the word home because it felt that way from the first minute after I arrived. I arrived with next to nothing except the clothes on my back and immediately I had everything I needed. Everybody in the transition house was welcoming and helpful, willing to share. Rose took me to the fellowship hall on my second night here to help find me new clothing so I could feel like a human being again.The best way for me to describe the feeling I had was that of being with family. Everyone, and I mean everyone, I met wanted to help me out. This was a new experience for me, and I will be honest, it has made me a better person.After getting settled in, I knew I wanted to give back to all the wonderful people here, so I offered to volunteer for the ministry in any way I could. This started out by helping Randy with maintenance around the property, including refurbishing vacant rooms/apartments, doing yard work, washing the ministry vehicles, going on donation pickups, etc. I was soon asked if I would be willing to assist in driving for the ministry which I agreed to and have truly come to enjoy. Weekly shopping and food bank trips with the usual crew are always a fun time, as well as the pleasure of taking a new arrival around on his tour. One of the best things about the experience was that I was always doing something new, learning new skills, meeting new people. I will not say that every experience was pleasant, having to clean out a room after someone has passed away is not a fun task.I have recently been approved by probation to work on the computer in the office and that has opened up a whole new set of experiences but we will leave that for next year. I would be remiss if I did not mention my new church family at Jacob’s Destiny Church. As I said before, I did not go to church before I was locked up and I was not sure about going here, but that all changed on that first Sunday after I arrived. I have not missed a Sunday since and do not plan on changing that.