Stephen Shafer grew up in an abusive home. Violence was a way of life for him at an early age. In his life, he has been a runaway, a fugitive, a gang member, a drug addict, a drunk, a husband, a father, and a therapist. He has seen life on both sides of the tracks. He has lived on the streets and in his own home. He has been a fugitive and he has worked for the prison system. The life he leads now is actually harder than anything he has ever done, but it is by far also more rewarding than he ever expected.