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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I have a purpose in prison

Over the last year or so, I have shared the stories of some of our students in the first cohort of the Corban extension in the Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI). Some of these stories have come to light, through an essay question that was required by Corban in the application to enroll in the…

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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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Just start singing in the yard

I am constantly encouraged by the stories coming out of the Corban extension in the Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI). Here is another story that I want to share. It is about Jeff Pierce, who is in our first cohort of 25 men. Each man has his own story and hopefully I will be able…

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Classes restarted!

On April 24, the Oregon Department of Corrections (ODOC) prohibited any further classroom instruction occurring at our Corban extension in the Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI). ODOC did this with good reason. They were very concerned about the spread of COVID-19 into OSCI. Except for one or two hotspots in other Oregon prisons, our prison system…

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A Mask & A Gun

When Terry was a teenager, his dad came home one day, handed him a mask and a gun and said “Follow me, son.” Terry’s dad was a member of a gang. Terry followed his dad and began to rob banks in a Southwestern state. His dad was so proud of his son. He would even tell his…

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