A Note from our CEO

Posted: September 15, 2011 by Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP) in About PEP
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Dear Friends,

It is an exciting time to be a part of the PEP community. Class 16 is making great progress towards finishing their business plans and becoming the men that we know them to be. Our re-entry staff is working with more released graduates than at any time in our history and doing an amazing job of helping each one of them to find employment and settle into their community. And we continue to achieve our growth objectives to serve more men, their families and you, our executive volunteers and supporters.

None of this would be possible without the tremendous support of charitable gifts from individuals and foundations. In fact, PEP has been the recipient of numerous large foundation gifts already this year. We’re excited to share this with you because it means that we will be able to continue to offer the highest quality programs and services.

We would like to thank the following foundations for supporting our work so far this year:

Houston Endowment: $600,000 (2 years)

Weinberg Foundation: $250,000

Smith Foundation: $75,000 (2 years)

Rockwell Fund: $50,000

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation: $40,000

Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church: $28,737

Anonymous: $25,000

Harold Simmons Foundation: $25,000

Insperity Foundation: $5,000

Augur Family Foundation: $1,500

Meyer Foundation: $1,000


We are very grateful to all of our donors for the work that you enable us to do—to transform lives. I hope to see you in prison very soon!


Bert Smith


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