HOPE for Prisoners, Inc. is a registered 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that facilitates reentry and reintegration services to men, women, and young adults who are exiting various segments of the judicial system. Formerly operating as a subsidiary of Operation H.O.P.E., Inc. since 2009, HOPE for Prisoners was established in January 2012 after exponential growth in the reentry arena warranted our becoming our own entity. Our holistic approach is to encourage and impart HOPE into ex-offenders as we come alongside them and their families in efforts to transform lives and systematically educate society in ways to engage and support them. The program is grounded in the belief that with the proper assistance, ex-offenders returning to the community can overcome the many barriers to successful living that the incarceration experience can create.
HOPE for Prisoners is committed to helping men, women, and young adults successfully reenter the workforce, their families, and our community.
HOPE for Prisoners works to empower returning ex-offenders and their families to create a successful future built on strategic leadership and character development. By assisting those fighting for second chances, we strive to serve, build and strengthen our community.
Each year, thousands of men, women, and young adults are released into the community from our judicial system. Many of them lack the basic skill set and necessary know-how to become productive members of society. Many of them truly want to be productive members, but lack the insight into what that productivity looks like.
With great success, HOPE for Prisoners provides comprehensive solutions to many of these unmet needs. Our mentoring program is one of the key components to our success. During this program, we commit to come alongside these individuals and assist them in navigating the challenges they might face during the reintegration process. In doing so, we help to create positive reference points for them where reference points may have never existed.
HOPE for Prisoners serves men, women, and young adults who come from federal and state correctional facilities, local jails and rehabilitation centers, as well as those who are currently participating in specialty court programs.
HOPE for Prisoners offers each of our participants an 18-month commitment to come alongside them and help them navigate the many challenges that they will face during the reintegration process. We pride ourselves on providing comprehensive services to meet the diverse needs of our participants. At a minimum, each participant is required to complete a pre-vocational training workshop and is invited to participate in our mentoring program. Other key components to our success are our leadership training and job development services.
As CEO, Mr. Ponder is responsible for all aspects of the programs and services provided by HOPE for Prisoners, including overseeing a comprehensive array of program components designed to help individuals within the judicial system to successfully reintegrate into mainstream society.
As Lead Case Manager, Jackie is responsible for supervising of the case management staff and monitoring each client as they progress through the phases of the HOPE for Prisoners program. She continuously advocates for her clients and works to ensure that their various needs are met.
As Mentor Coordinator, Chris is responsible for recruiting and maintaining relationships with our large pool of volunteer mentors. In addition to ensuring our mentors stay engaged and active, he assists with pairing our clients with mentors and monitors the mentoring relationships that are built.
Jon D. Ponder is himself, an ex-offender with more than ten years experience in providing training for offender populations in correctional settings. His personal life experiences uniquely equip him to provide the guidance, direction and motivation for individuals attempting to navigate the challenges they face during the reintegration process.
Isabelle Parker has her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and practices as a licensed MFT Intern. She is also the Director of the International Wellness Center. Isabelle is a dynamic speaker who believes that God has called us to walk in freedom and wholeness. Her powerful testimony is about cancer, eating disorders, depression and finally being set free and learning to walk out her healing. Her calling is to help others break out of the things that hold them captive and learn to live free through Christ.
With a combined total of over 150 years in law enforcement, this group has undertaken a partnership with the ministry that is the first of its kind in the United States. Each mentor officer brings unique dimensions to the effort, with backgrounds ranging from military service to social outreach to professional sports; they in turn share the lessons learned from those experiences with the people they work with in the HOPE ministry, achieving a goal of mutual enrichment and the success of those participating in the program
Joel Garcia, Founder and Lead Coach of Latino Townhall, Inc., brings over 20 years experience developing leaders and building high performance teams. Joel possesses a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in coaching and mentoring from Regent University. He has also published articles for the school’s Leadership Advance Online. Joel is currently writing a book dubbed “LeaderSphere – Enlarging the Leader Within to Influence the World Throughout”. As an ordained minister, Joel frequently preaches and teaches at Prayer Mountain in Las Vegas.
If the quality of one’s life is in direct proportion to his commitment to excellence, regardless of his chosen field of endeavor, then Gregg Ketter is a walking, talking example of what is possible when one lives his commitment to achieving excellence.
Barbara Loupe is a Corporate Communicator and Image Consultant with The Winning Edge, a Las Vegas based image consulting and corporate training company. Educated in the United States with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from San Francisco State University, Barbara brings us 30 years of experience in the image industry.
Steve Beason was a geologist with the U.S. Department of the Interior for 35 years working primarily on dams and tunnels in the western United States. Steve has supervised teams of scientists and technicians and has trained rope access teams throughout North America. Steve left the science field in 2009 to become an associate pastor at the International Church of Las Vegas, where he works on missions, men’s ministries, and a host of other duties. Steve also serves as a chaplain with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, works with Southern Nevada Human Trafficking Task Force, and the Las Vegas Mayor’s Faith Initiative Human Trafficking Working Group.
Robyn Garcia is passionate about helping others discover and walk out the dreams they have for their lives. She is a graduate of Golden Gate University with a Bachelors in Business Management. She has worked at the International Church of Las Vegas since 1993 in various departments including running the Administration team. She is a board member of International Network of Commissioned Workers and a Trainer with Hope for Prisoners. Robyn has been married to Joel since 1984 and they share 3 adult children and 2 grandchildren.
Jeremiah Porter is the owner and operator of J.P. Maintenance and the co-owner of Finishing Touches, LLC. A native of Portland, Oregon, Jeremiah is a father of four daughters and has been married for over 10 years. Jeremiah, an ex-offender himself, knows firsthand the challenges that are faced during the reintegration process. He has overcome many obstacles on the journey to becoming a successful business owner and has a God given passion to escort other ex-offenders to walk in the newness of life. Jeremiah specializes in leadership develop and has personally worked with hundreds of ex-offenders.
Kimberly Malloy has owned and operated her own training business (Train2excel, Inc.) for 13 years, where she takes her passion for improving relationships between employees, customers and management and develops specific programs to meet the needs of organizations. Her conferences on Positive Conflict and Interpersonal Communication Skills have consistently received high marks from corporations and individuals alike. She is a licensed presenter for The Color Code Personality Profile, a program designed to help individuals understand themselves and communicate more effectively.
Marie Robertson has been married for 30 years and has three grown children. She has lived in Las Vegas for 20 years. Marie has been involved with leadership and ministry at International Church of Las Vegas for the past 19 years. She is a dynamic speaker who believes in helping people change the way they think and helps to change a persons self image. She has run support groups that have dealt with addictions, co-dependency, and abuses for over 25 years. Marie has a love for life and believes that change can happen to anyone who believes in themselves.
Al Waid has a business degree from Auburn University, Alabama and an M.B.A. from Georgia State University with a major in Management and a minor is Finance. In his professional career he has worked for Large and Small Corporations, Arthur Anderson C.P.A. firm, been in a Gas & Oil Partnership and owned a business. Before retiring he was the Secretary Treasure at Logan Clay Products in Logan, Ohio. However, the Good Lord blessed hime in business and he was able to retire at the age of 49.
Pam Waid received her LPN nursing license in 1983 and has worked for 20 years in some aspect of the medical field. Over the course of her career she has worked in Orthopedics, private duty nursing, Chiropractics plus co-owned a business and managed a retail business. Together with her husband Al, They’ve done private financial counseling for couples/individuals for 9 years plus hosted several financial classes.
Sherman Ray is a speaker, author, teacher and leadership development coach. He has spent the last 15 years as a leadership development coach in Las Vegas, working with local churches. Sherman is also the co-owner of Linda Ray Designs and founder/president of the Diversity Networking Group (DNG). DNG currently has two chapters with nearly 200 businesses locally and internationally. Sherman has a degree in Pastoral Counseling from Calvary Theological Seminary.
Dr. Joni Reid is Founder and CEO of Breakthrough Mindset Coaching & Consulting, LLC. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work and a Doctoral degree in Strategic Leadership with an emphasis on leadership coaching. She has been on an exhilarating journey of uncovering buried dreams, identifying passions, and truly stepping into her divine destiny. In addition to this, she is confident that ALL were created to live healthy and prosperous lives.
We are always looking for volunteers for a variety of positions and
specialties. Please contact us at to set up an appointment to see how
your life experiences might strategically fit within our organization.
If you would like to become a HOPE for Prisoners Certified Reentry Mentor and help transform lives, please fill out the application on our Become a Mentor page.
Every Thursday evening a team of faithful, committed men
and women come together for an hour to worship and pray for
those who are currently in prison and for those who
are being released. There is testimony after testimony of how God is
doing amazing things in the lives of the people in this segment of our
Join us from 7-8 pm at:
Prayer Mountain, Upper Room
3425 Cliff Shadows
Las Vegas, Nevada 89129
We are a non-profit agency that is chiefly supported by those who believe in our vision of coming alongside this segment of the population, training them up, and releasing them into their destiny. Will you join us this year? Will you consider investing in HOPE for Prisoners and becoming a monthly partner? Your contributions will assist in defraying the cost of ministering to the needs of those who want to improve their quality of life. Whether you choose to make a one-time donation or commit to a giving monthly, it is quick and easy to do — and much appreciated.