Moving InGreat news … the Prison Entrepreneurship Program just acquired a new housing community in the East Dallas area!

Thanks in great part to our recent partnership with the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, PEP has tripled our capacity in the North Texas area. This new home will ensure that we continue to provide a safe, supportive environment for our graduates after they are released from prison.

For previously incarcerated people, finding a safe place to live can be a significant challenge. Very few communities will consider renting a home or an apartment to someone with a prior felony. Worse still, the few housing options that are available tend to be located in communities with a disproportionate level of crime, drugs and gang activity. This can make it very difficult for an ex-offender to rebuild their lives (particularly considering the additional challenges that they face when seeking employment).

Your support of PEP ensures that 100% of our graduates are employed within 90 days of release from prison (in fact, nearly 3/4 of them are employed within the first month!). Your gifts also provide nearly 2/3 of them with the ability to move into PEP’s own transitional homes.

Now, thanks to the addition of this new housing community, we can provide affordable housing to 24 more graduates at any time.

But we still need your help to truly transform this house into a home!

  • The house is currently empty … not a stick of furniture! We need to raise $12,000 to purchase the beds necessary to house all 24 of our graduates. Until we can provide these beds, we cannot get approval from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to move them there. You can donate here.
  • Even if we have the beds … they will not have sheets! We have a registry at Target where you can purchase the housewares and other items that our graduates need. See the full list at http://www.target.com/ot/list/CdX5kOaioGyOMw3-PIZUcw.
  • This Saturday, March 8, 2014, we are hosting a “Paint and Picnic” party to get the place ready for our new residents. The event will be from 11:00am til 5:00pm, and we will be cooking burgers, painting and more. If you are interested in joining us, please email Jeremy Gregg at JGregg@PEP.org and he can send you the address.

Thank you for your support of PEP. Together, we are transforming prison!

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