Week in Review
Monday, June 22, 2020
PEP has 10 Driving Values: Love, Integrity, Fun, Excellence, Innovation, Servant-Leader Mentality, Accountability, “Fresh Start” Outlook, Execution and Wise Stewardship. These values, along with an education from Baylor University School of Business, will help develop success in life for those who have been incarcerated. PEP has been a pillar of success in many lives and is creating a network of support not only for business, but also as a brotherhood and family. PEP helps to bring together families, reuniting mothers with sons, brothers with brothers, and above all, children with their fathers. My family knows we are working hard to live by the 10 Driving Values that we have tried to instill in our lives. We are working hard to achieve an education in business, and we are looking forward to being able to utilize what we have learned.
We also look forward to showing our families the new men that we have become. The new and improved attitudes that are now well-balanced and have broken the chains of negativity. I want to thank everyone involved in PEP for all that you have done, and for my family for standing by my side during this difficult time. We all want you to know that our mistakes do not define us, and that no matter the opposition, we will thrive and succeed. We will stand tall, holding our heads high as the fathers our children deserve. We will continue to hold our values in high regard and to teach them to our children as well, which will be our legacy.
Timothy M. (a.k.a. “Milton”)
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Let’s start by saying that family members are the most important people in your life. They will always tell you the truth and love you in times of difficulty. We as a unit must work together to face the challenges that come our way. PEP has taught me that it is not all about me, but instead it is about how others in my life can help me grow as a leader in my community. As we go through challenges in our lives, we need a structured family to support us and help us succeed through the toughest of times. Our journey on this path is time set apart for a specific purpose: to be the men we were created to be for our families so that we can be the fathers, sons and grandpas that our families so desperately need us to be. The world is going through so much pain right now, and it is only with time and family that we will be able to get through it.
Our PEP family is not perfect. We have our ups and downs, but as a brotherhood, we come back together to work it out. We have learned to lean on each other in order to succeed. We don’t always know what is best for ourselves, or maybe we just can’t see what other people can. It takes tough love and constructive criticism for us to grow into the men our families and society will need us to be, and that is why PEP is important to me.
Lewis N. (a.k.a. “Ernest P. Warrell”)
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
PEP has given me a whole new perspective on my abilities, not only in work but with my family as well. I have bettered myself tremendously in my time here, from vocational courses, the faith-based program and even two years working in the church. I used to look down on people who found God when they came to prison, until a realization came to me that this is the place to find God – because here, we don’t have all of the distractions of the outside world to get in our way.
PEP to me is just the icing on the cake. Never in a million years did I think I would be in a program like this. As a matter of fact, I didn’t realize anything like this existed. Not only has it brought me closer to God, but it has reassured my family that I am on the right track. I was always a good worker, but being in PEP, I am learning the business side of things. The time we have been missing due to the pandemic has affected all of us immensely. I am quite sure that there is not one person who hasn’t been touched by this terrible disease that has been ravaging our world. It seems a lot like the flu of 1812 that killed one million people in the U.S. and two million people worldwide.
Being around like-minded people helps it to feel less like prison in here. PEP is the best program I have seen, and I am glad that God saw fit to allow me to be a part of it.
Patrick N. (a.k.a. “Bad Santa”)
Thursday, June 25, 2020
PEP is the embodiment of hope, opportunity and redemption. PEP has restored our hope – a hope we had almost lost but has been revived by the love and confidence that these executives have invested in us. PEP means opportunity – opportunity to do more, to be more and for our children to have more. PEP has given us a chance at redemption and to surpass expectations.
PEP is such a great experience for us, and we have grown in so many ways. We have begun to provide for our futures. Once the future looked bleak, but now PEP has given us structure to make that future bright again. PEP has laid for us a foundation that can be solidly built upon. It has provided a network that can be called on – and counted on. This program has changed our lives. PEP has been here for us during this difficult period and has provided a positive structure and framework we can model ourselves after, which ultimately will guide us through this difficult transition from who we used to be into who we are destined to be. Something about PEP and the way it makes us feel … something about the hope and excitement it brings into our lives … something about the path it sets us on … it just seems right. We find ourselves motivated and committed to changing everything about ourselves with the belief that if we do, we will be able to succeed.
The most compelling and exciting part of this program is that it works. If we dedicate the time, energy and effort, and if we show up and show out for ourselves, we will succeed. PEP means more to us and our families than words could ever express. PEP is a breath of fresh air to a downing man and, in some cases, a breath of fresh air to drowning families. We love you and miss you. Thank you for your support and belief in our future.
Kyle P. (a.k.a. “Brake Pad”)
“I am not what I ought to be, I am not what I want to be, I am not what I hope to be in another world; but still I am not what I once used to be.”
~ John Newton
This quote is my most inspirational quote. I am a quote man, and I have pages of quotes that I have recorded over the years. John Newton was a capitalist businessman and slave owner. Upon giving his life to the Lord, his eyes were opened to his wrong, so he began to change himself into the man God wanted him to be. If his name seems familiar, it is because he is the man who wrote Amazing Grace. This song describes God’s grace toward sinners. I too have awakened to the sins in my life and am transforming from who I was to who God intended me to be.
I realized that I was not happy or proud of who I was, and that I wanted to make a positive change in the world. Simply put, we can’t make a difference unless we are different. I realized we cannot act how God wants us to act until we learn to think how God wants us to think. I gave 100% of myself to changing who I was. The Lord intended me to be so much more than I was being. It has been a long journey, but it has been well worth it. I am not who I will be at the end of the time the Lord has given me, but I am not who I used to be either.
Corey P. (a.k.a. “Boomhauer”)