FOUNDER'S MESSAGE

A Message from Larry Ballesteros, Co-Founder of TOP

Hello all, my name is Larry Ballesteros, and I am one of founders of the Transitioning Offenders Program (TOP). I believe it is important to give credit when due, and it needs to be said that the Transitioning Offenders Program would not exist without the hard work of the founder David Krewson, our former president. He and I saw the need to find resources for offenders for the purpose of reentry. David's hard work and dedication to helping offenders were instrumental in my change of attitude towards re-entry. His vision has changed the lives of thousands of men and women working their way through corrections. David is no longer on the TOP Board of Directors, but without his efforts, TOP would not exist.

About seventeen years ago, we started this journey to help men and women in the same situation as ourselves who would soon be transitioning from prison. As offenders starting our non-profit organization, we faced many challenges. With the support of our families and the community, we were able to convince the Department of Corrections (DOC) that our peer-to-peer process was the best way to help offenders help themselves. We thank the DOC for their strong support. Their continued support is key in making sure our process continues to assist transitioning offenders.

We have learned over the years that people are amenable to change and, given the tools, are willing to create a plan for themselves. No one wants to be stagnant and without personal growth in their lives. Men and women need encouragement, coaching, and resources to begin working on their lives.

We have dedicated our lives to serving a cause greater than ourselves. With over 200 volunteers past and present, and over 22,000 volunteer hours, we continue to assist in helping men and women learn about personal responsibility and accountability.

I sincerely thank you for your interest in TOP and wish you well.

Larry Ballesteros

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