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PEP Challenge Sign

If you’ve kept up with our blog, you have read some amazing stories of life transformation in the past few months.

You have read graduate about Adam C., who shared that PEP taught him that “beauty could rise from the ashes of (a) brokenhearted young man.” You have read graduate Lance N.’s story about how PEP helped him to find his first job (and why he donates to PEP each month). Graduate David F. shared how he had never stayed out of jail for more than a year, but now has been out for more than three years thanks to PEP. Others, like Devon S. and Cristian H. , shared how God has changed their lives through PEP.

And all of that was just in October!

Just imagine the stories that you can make possible over the next year.

The Prison Entrepreneurship Program is rapidly growing. This past August, we launched our operations in a second prison in Texas. By 2015, we might be able to serve nearly twice as many people as we did at the beginning of this year… provided that we have the funding to do so.

PEP is 100% privately funded. Without donors like you, graduate Clay T. may not have paid of $44K in debt and graduate James C. may not have generated over $5MM in sales through his business.

You make these stories possible. That is why we are asking for your help today.

We need to raise $190,000 by December 31, 2014.

These funds will ensure that we can launch into 2015 with full force, rapidly expanding our presence both inside of prison and outside of the walls. Your gift will make sure that 100% of our graduates find a job within 90 days of release from prison and that their likelihood of returning to crime drops by 80-90%.

Help us Meet the Challenge!

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Thanks to the PEP Board of Directors, we have the potential to match every gift!

  • One-time gifts will be matched dollar-for-dollar. That means a gift of $1,000 will instantly become $2,000!
  • Monthly commitments will be matched TWO to one based on their annual value! That means a commitment of $100 per month will receive a $2,400 match – making a $3,600 combined impact on PEP!

Where else can you make this kind of impact?

Your gifts matter.

Can we count on you?

Bert Smith
CEO

Monte Pendleton in Prison

Long-time volunteer and PEP Houston Advisory Board member Monte Pendleton

WOOHOO!!! YOU DID IT!

Thanks to supporters like you, we exceeded our goal of $100,000 to meet the PEP Governing Board’s challenge!

Beginning May 1, 2013, we worked to raise these funds towards the launch of our 20th Class. Last Friday, “Tenacious 20” had their kickoff event … and a group of individual donors pooled their resources and put us over the top in remarkable fashion!

What’s even more incredible is that a significant number of donors joined our growing list of monthly contributors. We now have nearly ninety people — many of whom are graduates of our program — making monthly donations by credit card or automatic bank transfer.

We call these monthly donors “PARTNERS.” This is in recognition of their commitment to sustaining our work so that our team can focus on growing our impact.

We are deeply grateful to the many people who participated in this campaign. On top of these gifts, we were also able to raise several very significant foundation grants that will allow us to strengthen our mission over the coming months. Your support of our work is making an incredible difference — thank you!

Together, we are transforming prison!