Forgiven Felons is looking for a piece of land in the city of Dallas near public transportation. On this land we'd build our multi-purpose (Phase One) center that would facilitate so many aspects of our ministry. Clean two bedroom housing, offices, classrooms, recreation center for working out, library, computer room, conference room, and small indoor and outdoor corporate meeting areas. A cafeteria would feed all the men living at the facility and a convenient store in the front would meet their small grocery needs. The men in the cafeteria and store would be paid positions. We would also have a food pantry to feed those in need in our neighborhoods.
Classrooms would be utilized by having classes for computer skills, recovery classes, business connections through Texas Workforce (leased out), and much more. (Phase Two) A light industrial building with six spaces (or a retail strip center with 3-4 spaces) would include a auto shop for working on donated cars and repairing cars for needy families, our t-shirt business, a dog training program for service dogs, and three spaces to lease to the general public (if retail we'd occupy one with our own business and lease the others out.
One of the spaces in the Multi-Purpose Center would be a clothes closet for the men to utilize as soon as they arrive. It will be replenished from time to time through donations. This aspect of the ministry would also be a community thrift store/clothes closet in which people from the community could purchase clothing for $1-$2.
Phase Three would be stand alone 16 unit apartment complex, near or in the same city as the first two phases. It would consist of one and two bedroom apartments and would be generally leased to people with backgrounds. The men graduating out of the program would have first rights for empty apartments but we would fill them up with people even if they weren't a part of the program. The men from the program would serve as the maintenance department for Phase Two and Phase Three.
If you know of or have land in the Dallas area that you'd like us to consider please visit the contact page and send us a message. If you'd like to be a part of the architectural design and/or the building of our building, please let us know. We hope to fund the cost through private foundation grants, third party gifts, and new construction loan.
The original vision that was deposited in my heart, while still in prison, was a ranch. This ranch would have temporary and permanent living quarters, a farm with crops and every farm animal, a country store, recreation center, large meeting area with kitchen, woodshop, t-shirt shop, and more. So many things would be done on this ranch. Lives would be changed. It would offer something for everyone. Tentative Date, still dreaming.
We are always thinking of ways to start new businesses for the men to plug into when they are released. Most of the time if we had start up money to provide them with a truck, tools, and equipment, they could run successful businesses. If you or someone you know would like to help in the start up of a business through our ministry, please let us know. We'd make sure you are partnering with someone of integrity.