Success stories

Hear the stories of the formerly incarcerated in their own words

“Never mind what others do; do better than yourself, beat your own record from day to day, and you are a success.” – William J. H. Boetcker

  • Harley Blakeman, former felon, is an author, college graduate, husband, educator and business operator.
  • As I Lay Dying singer Tim Lambesis reconnect with his former bandmates after prison
  • After being sentenced to 6 years in prison, Monte Pollard has committed himself to bettering his community as a public servant dedicated to combatting recidivism and providing mentorship to other returning citizens
  • Brett Oye is a returning citizen and manager of a prominent Georgetown-area restaurant. 
  • Voices of reentry from Mercy Corps NW
  • Dave’s Bread, former felon who started an organic bread business that’s now worth $50 million

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe

  • Curtis Carroll, murderer turned stock picker is the Oracle of San Quentin prison
  • Ronald Thomas-Bey developed a profound love for the law during his efforts to get himself and fellow inmates released, and is now a paralegal in the process of applying to law school.
  • Kyle Von Stroberg, ex-con creates scholarships to improve lives
  • Brett Oye is a returning citizen and manager of a prominent Georgetown-area restaurant. 
  • Harley Blakeman overcomes drugs and felony past to make futures brighter   
  • Former felon becomes Ivy league business owner

I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took any excuse.” – Florence Nightingale

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

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