A man who has just served time in a correctional facility has totally transformed into someone better and is now playing his part for the community.
Hayden Lee Jessop is making living spaces using shipping containers to help drug addict homeless people get clean.
Hayden, a resident of Pudsey, Leeds, started a life of drugs and violence when he was young, eventually ending up in prison.
In 2013, the now 28-year-old father of two spent seven weeks in a correctional facility. And now, the same man is trying to make a positive difference for others.
Hayden has founded Vulnerable Citizen Support Leeds and has recently started building homes for the people who live on the road to give them a chance to get rid of substance abuse and addiction.
Hayden has imported a shipping container from Bristol that he has converted into a micro home.
The shelter is made to provide living space for six months to people who wish to take the one-year detox program to get free of drugs.
The plan intends to let the people willing to get free of drugs independently in the space while also learning the basic skills needed for a job.
The home even has space for accommodating the pets of the people living there.
Hayden plans to eventually expand to eight homes, built with the help of the people inhabiting the first ones.
The man has plans to move the homes to a private space meant for them in the future but for now, they are being kept in Armley, in storage space.
Talking about his project to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Hayden said: “The idea is to get the people living in there to help us out.
“We’ll get people the help they need, and in return, they can repay us by helping to build more homes so we can help even more people.
“A lot of the people I help have never been in work. For example, if they are from a criminal background and have been in and out of jail.
“Spending time inside changed my life. I went to jail and came out and built a business. I was given a second chance, but a lot of young men don’t get that.”
Local businesses have offered all the support they could to Hayden’s project. The timber needed for the cladding is being donated by a firm in the nearby town of Halifax.
Hayden further said: “What I’d really like is for the council to get on board. It would be great if this project could be something people are referred to.
“I have spoken with the council and they seem prepared to support us with anything to help tackle our homelessness problem.”