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Visions of Hope

Real life stories about our Graduates

Our Stories of Hope


Cornell Wilkins

After decades in prison, Cornell was released for the last time in 2013…..struggling to reacclimate and find employment, he was referred to HOPE for a Prisoners. After completing the HFP program he has not looked back and has experienced success in every aspect of life. Cornell is graduating from UNLV in May with his Bachelors in Sociology is pursuing his Masters Degree in Social Work.


Mario Taylor

A short few years ago, Mario Taylor was a graduate of the HOPE program, ready to move away from the past and explore the future that lay ahead of him.

Mario recently returned home after serving 16 years in prison for homicide.



Marshay Patterson

Marshay Patterson graduated the HOPE program on March 13th 2015, at that time committing to an oath to turn her life around. It was a commitment and opportunity she did not take for granted.

We all have a story and while it may be a troubling one, she is thankful that her story has led her to Hope for Prisoners.


Lincoln Allen

This story is about Lincoln Allen who graduated from the very first HOPE for Prisoners workshop back in 2010. He wants share his story.

Lincoln grew up in different trailer parks in East & North Las Vegas. His mom & step dad were bikers. His biological dad wasn’t around much until he got him & his brother out of foster care. Because of Lincoln’s surroundings and upbringing, he started using drugs when he was 11 yrs old, meth. At the age of 13, he started making meth and found himself coming in & out of juvenile hall, until he turned 18.

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Nicole Meyer

My name is Nicole Meyer and it was about 18 months ago that I was in this room graduating from the HOPE for Prisoners workshop like all of you here today.

First, to show my appreciation for Jon and everyone at HOPE for Prisoners for the huge impact they have had on my life and in my success.

And secondly, In hopes that my story will offer hope and provide some insight in to the power of this organization and what it can do for all of you.


Veronica Adwell

Good afternoon, my name is Veronica Adwell.  I graduated from the HOPE for Prisoners workshop in June of 2016.  It has been a little more than two years since I was sitting in my graduation ceremony just like you are today.  The past couple years of my life has been full of ups and downs, challenges, and great moments, but I am here today to share my story of HOPE.

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Cornell Belt

This story is about Cornell Belt. He graduated from the HOPE for Prisoners program 2 and a half years ago. He is grateful for the opportunity to briefly share his story and hopefully inspire each person with hope and a desire to put in the hard work that it takes to succeed.

Cornell was born premature July 18th 1967 at Southern Memorial Hospital, which is now known as U.M.C. Doctors thought he would not make it!! Although his parents were right here in Las Vegas, he was raised by his grandmother and her husband who passed away in 1967 when he was 8 years old.


Transforming Communities

  • Practice hope. As hopefulness becomes a habit, you can achieve a permanently happy spirit.

    Norman Vincent Peale
  • Now faith is the substance of things HOPED for, the evidence of things not seen.

    Hebrews 11:1

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