Dear Faithful Supporters of PiFO,
Have you ever taken the time to consider the meaning of the above statement? This is the mission statement of Paid in Full Oregon (PiFO). But what does it really mean? In one simple phrase these words form the promise God has made to us…that the men in the Oregon prison system will be transformed by the biblical education they receive.
As they study, pray and pursue their four-year college degree, they will be transformed and become spiritual and moral catalysts inside the walls of 12 other prisons in Oregon. Click on the link below to see how our students will put into practice what they are learning.
These men are in a very unique community. They thirst for hope, love and peace just like those of us on the outside. Here is what one student said about PiFO:
“This program is what we need. To help inmates find their faith and their purpose in life. There is no better way than through Jesus…Prison has a way of making people bitter, not better. But with this program, and learning more about Jesus, men in prison will find a new life.”
This year saw the completion of the PiFO remodel project in the Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI). The remodel provides for two classrooms, two ADA bathrooms, a library/study hall area, computer lab and professorial office space. The total cost of the remodel was $684,500 which was entirely paid for by supporters of PiFO. Here is a link to some photos of the remodel. www.paidinfulloregon.org/ready-set-go/.
In spite of the onslaught of COVID, our first cohort of 25 men managed to finish their freshman year on August 31, 2020! These men are now in their second year of studies. Our second cohort of 25 men is scheduled to begin classwork in January, 2021.
The cost of a four-year college degree for a student attending Corban on the outside is approximately $129,000. We estimate the full four-year cost for a student in the Corban extension at OSCI to be $22,000. Therefore, a one-year scholarship for a student in the Corban extension is just $5500. A half scholarship is $2750.
Would you please consider making a year-end gift that will provide a scholarship for one of our students? You can help transform lives for eternity. Here is a link to the breakdown of costs for full and partial scholarships.
Our goal is to have 25 scholarships fully funded through this year-end giving initiative. It’s a big goal, but not impossible, because we serve a Big God. As you know, every gift to PiFO is tax deductible and will make a life-changing difference in the lives of not only our students but also their families, friends and the prison community.
If you choose to give online you can do so by using the following link:
If writing a check is preferable, you can make it payable to Paid in Full Oregon and send it to:
5244 SE Pine St., Hillsboro, OR 97123. Please note on the check that your gift is for the year-end giving initiative.
Again, thank you for the privilege of partnering together. PiFO takes seriously its mission of
“Transforming adults in custody into spiritual and moral leaders.”
We appreciate your taking the time to prayerfully consider this request. If you have any questions, please contact me at [email protected] or call 503-799-0342.