This Saturday I will be going to a training session at Hope for Prisoners. There are three sessions where people who hope to become mentors for someone in the 18 month program at Hope for Prisoners learn the what, where, how and why. After I attend the class, I will let everyone know how it went. I am sure there will be some talk about setting boundaries and how to motivate someone who hasn’t had much motivation in a long time. I am really looking forward to it.
Not just anyone can be a mentor. You need to have a desire to do it and a commitment for the entire period. There is also a background check. You can be a mentor if you have been through the program as a participant too. In fact, those people have an advantage, as they know exactly what a person has been through. They are shining examples that people can make a turn around and change their lives. You don’t have to be recycled through the system time after time. There is hope!
I visited this organization today and met an amazing man who has changed his life and is now devoting his life to helping other ex-offenders change theirs. Jon D. Ponder, CEO of Hope for Prisoners, spent the better part of his youth and young adult life committing crimes and spending time in prisons. Finally, he found faith and when he was released from a Federal facility, he kept his promise to God and started Hope for Prisoners. They are an extremely successful organization. The program has graduated over 1200 people so far, and most of them are employed. Their recidivism rate is much lower than for those who are not in the program.
For anyone in the Las Vegas area, who has an ex-offender family member, ex-offenders who want to succeed and need help, and anyone who would like to be a mentor or donate, please take a look at this valuable and effective program that helps pull people out of the circle of returning to prison, simply because they may not know how to succeed.
It is located at:
3430 East Flamingo Road Ste. 350
Las Vegas NV 89121
“We work to empower returning ex-offenders and their families to create a successful future built on strategic leadership and character development.”
Source: The Official Website of Hope For Prisoners