“Dreams are just thoughts if no action is applied.” – Luke Whipple
Luke Whipple walked into prison when he was just 17 years old. Facing 15 years to life, he knew he could spend the rest of his life in a cell, but he never gave up hope that things could end up differently.
21 years later, Luke got a second chance at life: he was granted parole in July of 2019.
Within days of leaving the prison walls behind, he called Jon Ponder, the founder of Hope for Prisoners.
He didn’t ask for a handout, or a job, or money. All Luke wanted was an opportunity to work hard for a new life.
He was willing to “just do it,” whatever it was, to make his dreams come true.
“Dreams are just thought’s if no action is applied,” he told the most recent graduates of Hope for Prisoners. It’s not just something he says, he’s living proof of it.
Through Hope for Prisoners, Luke landed a job at Amazon. The man who had never used the internet before in his life was now working for the largest online shopping retailer in the world.
He started doing seasonal work, but it quickly turned into a full-time employment.
After several promotions, Luke is now living a life most people can only dream of.
Today he owns a condo, a car, has an amazing credit score and just bought land for his first home.
Luke didn’t just dream of a future or hope for the best, he took action to make his dreams come true.
“If you make your success the driving force in your life, the limits are endless,” Luke explains.
Luke won’t stop dreaming or doing: he has big plans to start his own business one day
and has hope for a great future. He credits it all to Hope for Prisoners.