He spoke of his turbulent past without any hesitation.
"I had to go through two suicide attempts and rehab before I rediscovered my higher power, my God, to believe that I do belong in this world," Debora said to CNN.
Debora says it's hopelessness and a broken spirit that leads a person to join a gang.
"When you're poor and have nothing, and see how gang life is full of girls, money -- and you're surrounded by others who you can relate to, with their fathers and mothers in jail or on drugs, the gang life can be tempting."
There are times when Jimenez runs into former "homies," and while they exchange pleasantries, he does everything he can to avoid contact because he's worried it might set him back. So, now he lives far away from his old neighborhood with his older sister.
"It feels good coming back from a long day at work and just staying home," Jimenez said, "And, when I'm not at the bakery, I'm playing with my son, memorizing recipes, studying for my GED, reading, and I even go to my sister's church on Sundays. Things are better."