A small, freshly painted storefront with a big purpose now stands on Fond du Lac Avenue, near 36th Street. It is next to the BMO Harris Bank that was set on fire and just down the street from businesses that were looted.
"I always said that if I turn my life around and get a little money, I'm going to come back and help," Joey Gudgeon said. "I'm never going to forget where I came from. I'm going to give back to this community."
"George Webb gave me a chance when not many other places would," he said. "I'm a man who changed his life. I spent 10 years in the penitentiary off and on. I was addicted to drugs for a good 15 years of my life. I woke up one day and said this is not for me. I put my faith and trust in God."
Gudgeon wants to show young people in the Sherman Park neighborhood that it's never too late to change, and he plans to guide them through the process.
"We are going to pick people from this community to work here," he said. "We're not going to outsource jobs. We want this to be a place people can come enjoy in their own neighborhood and see people working hard and doing the right thing."
Gudgeon's fiancé Caprecious McClain she is happy to see the man he has become.
"Joey gives anybody a chance," McClain said. "They mess up and he gives them a second chance. I love that man. It's wonderful to see what he's made himself into. He just goes, goes, goes."