Hope for Prisoners reimagines reentry by providing former offenders long-term support and services as they work to reclaim their lives, families and standing in the community. We give them hope. Hope changes lives.
Founder Jon Ponder found himself returning to his community after spending time in prison and experienced firsthand the same challenges most face when they are released. He realized there was a lack of long-term support and guidance for those who learned from their mistakes and had a genuine desire to change the direction of their lives. From his personal experience and his passion to help those facing the same challenges he overcame, HOPE for Prisoners was born.
The success of our clients is the result of their long-term commitment and relationship with their mentors. What makes Hope for Prisoners different from other organizations is its partnership with local law enforcement. This helps clients to understand the role of law enforcement in the community. This understanding helps clients overcome their fear of police and build respect for law enforcement.
Hope for Prisoners commits to helping people successfully reunite with their families and reenter the workforce and our community.
We work to empower former offenders and their families create a successful future built on developing character and leadership. Our support of those fighting for a second chance strengthens our community. This includes extensive training and access to resources for essential services like housing, medical services and spiritual guidance.
Hope for Prisoners serves individuals released from Federal and state correctional facilities, local jails and rehabilitation centers as well as those currently participating in special court programs.
Hope for Prisoners is unique because it offers a holistic approach including an 18-month program that includes mentoring, training, job assistance and access to essential services.
This intensive leadership training is required for all clients and is taught by leaders highly regarded in their areas of expertise. The workshop covers these topics:
Hope for Prisoners offers training in basic computer skills. The course covers:
General Computer Knowledge
Microsoft Word and Excel
Email and Internet Usage
These workshops are offered in partnership with the Nevada State Treasurer’s Office and include the following:
In 2015, Hope for Prisoners partnered with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department to begin offering a formal leadership academy. This advanced learning opportunity expands on the pre-vocational workshop into leadership theory, behavioral dynamics and relationship management techniques. Emphasis is on the skill set needed to become an effective mentor with the overall goal of building the student’s capabilities to become impactful leaders in our community.
Our Professional Development Training includes critical skills for every day success and performance.
Hope for Prisoners exists to fill a void and is grounded in the belief that with proper assistance, former offenders can overcome the barriers to successfully transform their lives.
Each year, thousands of men, women and young adults are released from the judicial system. Many of them lack the basic skills and knowledge to become productive members of society. Many want to make this transformation but lack an understanding of what this looks like and how to do it.