Operation Tear The Gun (OPT)
From Ex-Offender to Employee or Entrepreneur
As a female it was hard for me to find a job when I came home from prison. After being incarcerated at SCI Cambridge and SCI Muncy for possession with intent and assault; and serving 6 years of my life, I came home and teamed up with New Start Foundation, Project Build Up and the Artists against Violence to mentor young girls about my life to deter them from choosing a life of crime and violence. I now work for Cease Fire Philadelphia. I would not have this job if it wasn’t for Ms. Paythia helping me with my resume; application and mock interviews. Sha’kia Fudge
While being incarcerated in Federal Prison for drug trafficking, conspiracy robbery and in the State Corrections for firearms among other charges; I decided to come home and do things differently. I heard about NSF and the work they do with ex-offenders; I joined the Philly Artists against Violence volunteering at events throughout the City. I am currently creating my business plan and networking for my magazine called “Entouraj Publications Inc”. I appreciate the time, support and resources given to me by Ms. Jenkins and her team. T.L. Perkins
After being incarcerated for 15 years for murder, I came home in 1999 and started two businesses that saved me from the streets and kept me from returning to prison. I started working with NSF and co-founded the Artists against Violence to deter young people from going down the same road I did.
“Locking individuals up is not the sole answer, we must provide effective intervention and prevention programming along with reform and rehabilitation methods to help people redirect, grow and develop in a positive manner. “ Former Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson
Many times the battle is not yours. Things will work out if you have faith. Rev. J. Roberts