Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee 2021-06-10 20:02:58 –
Nashville, Tennessee (WTVF) — Melony Pugh-Weber and Michael Shaw were linked in a crime 20 years ago. Now they are working together to show the kids that they will never get lost in finding the person you care about.
Call it God’s intervention or crazy coincidence, but Michael and Melony can only say that their paths are forever linked.
“If I’m really struggling, I’ll call her faster than anyone else,” Shaw said.
Recently, Melony has helped Michael coordinate a fun family day in the Edge Hill district of Nashville. They have hosted events every year since they met by chance two years ago.
Melony is the founder of Touchstone Youth Resource Services and works with students through the CiViL initiative. Online, it is described as “a social and emotional education initiative that combines the freedom of the CiViL Group, CiViL Services and CiViL to provide high school students with personality, values and leadership.”
One day, Melony drove to McDonald’s and placed a fairly large order. The drive-through window guy was surprised at all the food and asked who it was for. Melony said she was on her way to Overton High School. The man said he went to Overton, so Melony asked for his name. Shaw and Melony felt her heart beat, he said.
“I said you wouldn’t know Michael Shaw, and he said I was Michael,” Pew Weber said.
She replied, “Isn’t it the same Michael Shaw that broke into my house 20 years ago?”
Well, it was Michael’s turn to start the shock. He asked Melony to pull him into the parking lot, and the two talked about what had happened in the last few years. They have exchanged numbers and have been in contact ever since.
In a subsequent conversation, Melony learned that Michael spent 10 years in prison shortly after turning 18. In prison, he wrote the equivalent of a memoir about his life so far. In the book, he writes about the wrong woman and the apology he wanted to offer someday.
Michael was 15 when he missed the bus and his father told him to go to school. Angry, angry, Michael chose to break into the house instead.
“My house happened to be halfway between his house and school,” said Puweber.
Neither knew anything about the other until police chased Michael. Since that day, Melony says she and her family have prayed for Michael.
“This wasn’t a coincidence. This was one of the most sacred things that happened to me. It’s really what God is doing and I’m glad to have him as a partner now.” Said Pew Weber.
By sharing his story of surviving prisons and finding help in Melony, Michael helps young people find an exit on a better path.
“If you give your child something to do, look forward to, their thoughts and their treatment will not be the same. They never went out looking for medicine. We If everyone can think and act together, many things will probably change, “said Shaw.
Michael has set up his own non-profit organizations called One Love, One Life and One Family to promote a healthy and active lifestyle for children in the neighborhood. He plans to host another family fun day in the summer, aiming for Father’s Day.
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