His life was once dominated by bullets. Now, he’s helping young people heal in a city drowning in violence

By Mike Newall, The Philadelphia Inquirer | November 15, 2019

Former Stoneleigh Fellow Ted Corbin’s Healing Hurt People program is featured in a story about young men who are helping others like them overcome trauma and escape cycles of gun violence.

When I first met Mahquill Sims this summer, the nightmares were still keeping him awake. He would wake up sweating, trying to escape dreams of the bullet that tore through his lung in January.

Most nights, after the dreams, no more sleep would come.

The 29-year-old South Philadelphian had only put down his own gun a few months before — and with it, his thirst for revenge.

For a few years, his life had been dominated by bullets.

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