Sandra Dillon: October 22, 2017
You are invited to pony up and party at the PEP Round Up where you can learn more about how the Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP) transforms community. Meet men like Richard, who is now a Christian leader of his wife and son and who owns a business that operates in two major Texas cities. Before entering PEP, Richard was incarcerated, gang affiliated, and a weapon-carrying drug dealer who had 7 felony convictions. PEP was integral to transforming Richard’s life and now his family and community thrive from his life-changing PEP experience. Richard is just one example of men transformed through the leadership academy, business plan program, and the executive volunteers who partner with these men.
PEP had another record breaking years in 2016. PEP graduate recidivism continues to remain less than 7% as compared to the general prison population of > 50% after 3 years. PEP graduates have achieved 100% employment after 90 days upon release. Seventy-eight new businesses were formed with over 6 reporting more than $1,000,000 in revenue.
The first PEP Round Up on October 29, 2017 is a fundraiser and social event to keep the program growing so it can serve more men. This nonprofit organization runs solely on the generous donations of companies, individuals, and grants. Although the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) fully supports this program because of its unprecedented impact, there is no federal or state funding for this program that is rehabilitating men into contributing citizens.
Enjoy live music, armadillo and pony races, games, silent auction, and an art show while dining on mouth-watering BBQ. Converse with some of the PEP graduates who have started businesses and have some kick-up-your-heels fun! Individual tickets are $100 (tax deductible). Although the Howdy and Hoop-de-Doo starts at 5 pm, you and your family are welcome to arrive at the George Ranch between 3 – 5 pm for a tour of the historic homes. Come join me on October 29th and change a life!
About the Author: Sandra Dillon is a professional coach and consultant with an extensive background in leadership and business development. She coaches individuals as well as designs and facilitates workshops. She has a passion to help organizations engage all its employees. You can learn more about Sandra by visiting her website at www.shinecrossings.com.