"When I got out of that prison I couldn't fit in to society. It was so scary," he said. "When I got out, I didn't know how to live because you become very into that way of life."
Cachene participated in a restorative justice program called Circle of Support and Accountability (CoSA) through the Micah Mission, a faith-based volunteer network in Saskatoon. Volunteers help high-risk offenders struggling to adjust to the outside world reintegrate into society.
And it helped, Cachene said. He hasn't been in trouble for three years after he finished serving his last sentence in 2012. He used to live at the Lighthouse Supported Living before he got his own apartment in a senior's residence. He calls it "the house of wisdom."
Now, Cachene gives back to the community that pushed him in a positive direction. He returns to the Lighthouse and shares his stories with people heading down the same criminal path that he was on. He said a lot of younger people view him as a father figure.
"I tell them you have to reach out to a place where you have support. You have to go there, nobody can read your mind. If you don't wanna learn, you'll just get old like me. You're not gonna see that light," Cachene said.
He believes attending CoSA and recovery programs at the Lighthouse have helped him "hang on." They made him realize that he needed to know where he came from before letting go of his past.
"I had to go through hell to get to where I am. Now I'm very happy, but I should have seen this when I was in my 20s. But I had no guidance."
From the article by Bre MdAdam on ckom.com.