For my children

Dear Supporters of PiFO, Over the last year, I have been sharing some of the stories of the students in our first cohort in the Corban extension at the Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI). Some stories, I have learned about through face-to-face conversations and others I have learned about by reading their responses found in…

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I was filthy

Today is the 14th anniversary of the death of my daughter, Megan. The Corban extension in the Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI) would not have happened but for the brutal murder of Megan. God took a tragedy, a parent’s worst nightmare, and turned it into a triumph. During my travels to speak to inmates in…

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Questions? Answers?

Have you ever had any questions about PiFO? For example—when were we founded? Are we a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization? What is our goal? Who do we partner with? How many students are in our first cohort? What are the qualifications for students? Is there a faith requirement? All are important and meaningful questions and we…

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37 years behind bars

Dear Supporters of PiFO, The summer semester has started at the Corban extension in the Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI)! The professors are not allowed to come in and teach yet, but educational packets with instructions and homework assignments are being distributed to our students. You can pray that, hopefully, by August, the doors will…

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It’s laptop time again!

Last year PiFO purchased 28 (3 extra for backups) laptop computers for our first cohort of students attending the Corban extension in the Oregon State Correctional Institution. The computers, called Securebooks, are specifically designed for the prison environment. They are “see-through,” and they have no USB ports. Data on them is uploaded and downloaded by…

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