Charles H. and Fabian M. of PEP Class 17

Brothers from other mothers — Charles H. and Fabian M. of PEP Class 17

“What is the secret to PEP’s success?”

People all over the country ask us that question. They have heard about the Prison Entrepreneurship Program‘s unprecedented results and want to learn how they can replicate them in other states.

Many ask us to share our curriculum or to tell them how we successful recruit hundreds of executive volunteers to join us in prison. Others ask about the impact of the remarkable public-private partnership that we have formed with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice or the academic partnership that we have formed with Baylor University.

These things are important, we tell them, but they are not the primary cause of our impact.

Without question — the source of our strength lies in the culture that we have created through the hearts and the hard work of our participants. The brotherhood that our participants form inside the prison is our strongest tool in rebuilding lives.

Today, we had a great reminder of the impact of this brotherhood.

Charles H. and Fabian M. were both graduates of PEP’s Class “Celestial” 17. Despite coming from very different backgrounds, they overcame the harsh racial divides that are typical inside of prison and became friends. Indeed, their friendship became such a source of strength that both men were named finalists in our Business Plan Competition.

Fabian was even profiled on national Fox News when he won that competition.

Since their release from prison, both men have re-established their lives. They have not only remained friends, but both are now loyal donors to PEP. And today, we are humbled to share that they have jointly committed to a $1,000 sponsorship of the Class 21 Business Plan Competition and Graduation on June 6, 2014.

Their gift will support the families of PEP participants whom they have not even met. Their only bond is the PEP Brotherhood that Charles and Fabian helped us to form, and which their continued commitment allows us to strengthen.

Thank you, Charles and Fabian, for your inspiring lives!

If you would like to attend the Class 21 graduation in prison to meet the families whom Charles and Fabian have sponsored, RSVP here.

  1. messagesftls says:

    PEP’s strength is in creating a family – one based on shared positive values and experiences. I imagine this is something many of the PEP brothers may never have had before. When a family member truly cares for another, they’ll go the extra mile to guide and help them. Just like Fabian and Charles are doing now. We really are all more alike than different 🙂 PEP Rocks!

  2. Congratulations to Class #17 Charles and Fabian for your friendship, fellowship and stewardship. Your commitment to each other and to PEP with their gift for Class #21 tells the story of what PEP can be as it heads for Class #25. Just so inspired by you both and how you humbly share God’s grace with your brothers.
    Peace and blessings,

  3. Never ceases to amaze me how much I learn from PEP and its participants and graduates.. I not only learn when I am on the unit at events (which I have missed coming to) – but even MORE so, I learn by watching and seeing how you carry this way of life, this “revolution” in the free world… I’m often asked, do you think this program really works?? I answer “its not only in the numbers and the stats, more important its in their hearts and actions!” All you have to do it look at the graduates who are no longer a ward of the State, no one is telling them in the free world to be the great leaders of their household, attentive Fathers, volunteers, philanthropists and tax paying citizens.. They are doing it on their own now, because they want to…. “YOU BET THIS PROGRAM WORKS!”. Its like seeing the best of what the world has to offer in “playing it forward- human compassion – gratitude- servant leadership – grace” all rolled into one.. thank you Charles and Fabian (Class #17) for teaching us all what this looks like!

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