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We are truly proud of the hard work, tenacity and achievement of the 160 individuals who are graduating from T.O.R.I. today. Over the last 12 years, T.O.R.I. has provided housing, employment, healthcare, family reunification and spiritual guidance to over 10,000 people! This program has made a significant impact in the reduction of recidivism rates in the State of Texas. View video

by Carla Wade, WFAA10:55 p.m. CDT July 26, 2015 (Photo: WFAA) DALLAS — When inmates are released from prison, many don’t have jobs, a place to live or family to turn to. But through a program started by Bishop T.D. Jakes of The Potter’s House in Dallas, ex-offenders have been offered a new lease on life. This year, that program celebrates 10 years of fresh starts. Sunday morning Dallas criminal court

They filed into the sanctuary to the strains of “Pomp and Circumstance.” Wearing green or black gowns and tasseled caps, they carried themselves with pride. But the 91 men and women who walked the stage at The Potter’s House in Dallas on Sunday were not receiving typical diplomas.

MSNBC News Coverage on T.O.R.I. Graduation More than 100 graduates walked the ‘stage’ of a Dallas church this week. For some it was for the first time.

BusinessWire News Coverage on T.O.R.I. A program designed to help keep released prison inmates from returning to jail got a boost recently in the form of a $7,500 donation.

TMCNET News Coverage on T.O.R.I. Rent-A-Center, Inc. (NASDAQ/NGS: RCII) donated $7,500 to the Texas Offender Re-entry Initiative, for use in its mission to help formerly incarcerated individuals successfully transition back into their communities and achieve lifestyles free of crime.

Plano Star Courier News Coverage On T.O.R.I. A program designed to help keep released prison inmates from returning to jail got a boost recently in the form of a $7,500 donation. Plano-based Rent-A-Center donated the money to the Texas Offender Re-entry Initiative (T.O.R.I.) as part of its Random Acts of Caring Program. The money will help T.O.R.I. meet the needs of its 400 clients.

  Breakout – Re-entry: Realizing the Full Opportunity of a Second Chance by CharlesKochInstitute On November 4–6, 2015, the Charles Koch Institute hosted “Advancing Justice: An Agenda for Human Dignity &Public Safety” in New Orleans. During “Re-entry: Realizing the Full Opportunity of a Second Chance,” panelists discussed the challenges that restored citizens face as they re-enter society, and described the different approaches to fostering successful reintegration including education, employment, family

Congratulations – Winners Circle Unsung Hero Recipient Please join the Texas Offenders Reentry Initiative (T.O.R.I.) as we celebrate our very own, LaHeather Wilson, on her honor of becoming a recipient of the 2015 Unsung Hero Award at the 7th Annual Winners Circle Peer Support Network of Texas Banquet. Congratulations LaHeather for your strides in reentry and successful community reintegration! You have risen above the ashes and allowed your light to