Posts Tagged ‘Ten Driving Values’

The following was written by PEP Class 19 graduate, Adam C.

adam cI never thought I would be so successful, though this success has nothing to do with how much money I have, where I live or what school I attend. My success is measured by every moment I get to live, move and breath freedom.

Freedom to start again, freedom to choose again, freedom to redemption…

Being released from prison did not give me that. Though I was released from prison, this did not make me free. With the help of PEP, executive volunteers and my brothers, freedom came from the inside.

I have heard it said that the heart of the problem is not with man, but the problem with man is his heart. With my heart turned towards things like drugs, the wrong friends and a criminal lifestyle, I had no choice but to find myself within the confinements of a prison cell at 17 for six and a half years of my life, serving time for robbery and burglary of a habitation.

The issues of my life sprung forth from my heart and I am not alone. The youngest of three brothers, I am bearing the burden of redeeming the heart. With my eldest passing away from a fatal gunshot wound while I was in prison, and my other brother facing the consequence of a life sentence, I had no hope that beauty could rise from the ashes of this brokenhearted young man.

Today, closing in on one year after being released from prison, and thanks to PEP’s re-entry team, I am gainfully employed by my boss and brother Jeff, a PEP Class 8 graduate himself. I have been able to finance my very first car and gain my very first apartment I call home. I have a new affection.

I am thankful I chose accountability. I am thankful PEP chose me and grateful to those who make this life change possible for men like me. And I would guess that if you are reading this, you are one of those people. So, from the bottom of my heart, I thank you.


Adam C.

PEP Class 19

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The following was written by PEP Class 18 graduate, Russell F.

Where PEP graduate russell fam I now because of PEP? Hmm… I think it’s easier to tell you where I am not. I’m not dead. I’m not on drugs. I’m not back in prison. Most of all, I’m not hated by many and loved by few. And because of that, I am thankful for PEP!

See, the PEP experience not only benefited me but also those around me. For once, my mother is proud of me. My old friends see that I changed and want to embark on their own journey of change. The old crazy, fighting, drug abusing Russell is gone and the new Russell whose character is built upon the foundation of PEP’s Ten Driving Values is here to stay. The friends, mentors and colleagues I have gained through PEP’s vast network of executives mean the world to me. It is truly amazing to see such kindhearted and down-to-earth men and women devote their time and money to profit a man and his family whom they have never met. It is very humbling.

I am free. I am alive. I am sober. And I have no doubt anymore that I am also loved. I am a new man. That is where I am because of God and because of PEP.

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David R, Class 18 Graduate

David R, Class 18 Graduate

One of PEP’s Ten Driving Values is “Servant Leadership Mentality.”

This idea is broadly discussed in all sorts of arenas … from prisons to corporate boardrooms. But the concept can be hard to understand without models. Thankfully, during their time in PEP, our participants meet hundreds of servant leaders who model this for them by attending PEP’s monthly in-prison events.

But this is not just about our volunteers.

In fact, while we love and appreciate our volunteers, the daily operations of our program simply could not function without the tremendous contributions of the incarcerated men who serve as our Servant Leaders. These are past graduates of PEP who return to our program every day to help with classes, to serve as peer educators, to support our events and to ensure that PEP can serve nearly 300 incarcerated men while having only a single staff member working in the prison each day.

Servant leadership is not just about giving a day of service, or living humbly; it is about radically transforming your core being so that everything that you do is in the service of others. This is a core identity that remains with our graduates after they are released.

Here is a great example of that. Last night, one of our Class 18 graduates, David R, posted the following note in his community:

If you or anyone you know in Amarillo have been incarcerated and have had trouble finding a job, developing a resume or gaining a better understanding of how to change their cognitive behavior, please message me with serious prospects only. I will only help those who want to help themselves. I have a certificate of Entrepreneurship from the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University. Also, I have presented a business plan to multiple business executives. As well as completing Financial Peace University by Dave Ramsey. I want to help anyone I can with the skills have learned through PEP.”

Now THIS is what you call ‪Servant Leadership‬, people. David only returned to his home in Amarillo, where he is now raising his amazing son. He has a full-time job and plenty of things on his plate … but here he is, offering to help complete strangers to transform their lives.

We are very proud to call David our friend and PEP brother. With your continued support, we will be able to help many more men follow his path! Please support us at

Scott W PEP

Scott sharing his story

One of PEP’s 10 Driving Values is Servant Leadership. We believe that the success of our program is not achieved at graduation, but is lived out through the lives of our graduates every single day after they are released.

Recently, several of our past participants were able to demonstrate this principle to a group of 150 eighth graders at Hogg Middle School in Houston, Texas. The group included PEP’s Patrick McGee as well a graduates Scott Wesley and Greg P. These three men spoke to these middle school students about what led them into prison and how their lives have changed since they were released.

You can see photos from the event here:

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Happy Reading!

Erin (aka “Bruiser”)

Communications Specialist, PEP Dallas