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"Hello, my name is Larry Ballesteros, and I’m one of the founders of the Transitioning Offenders Program (TOP). The Transitioning Offenders Program was founded as a 501c charity organization in 2004, and a full 50(c)3 with the primary purpose of providing community resources for men and women transitioning from prison. Before TOP, there were significant challenges faced by individuals upon reentry. About twenty years ago, we embarked on this journey to help those in the same situation as people we know and love who would soon be transitioning from prison. As founders starting our non-profit organization, we faced many obstacles. 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 individuals help themselves. We thank the DOC for their strong support, which remains crucial in ensuring that our process continues to assist transitioning individuals.

Over 97% of incarcerated individuals will return to their community at some point, and far too many have nowhere to go and no plan upon release. This lack of support can lead to homelessness, hopelessness, and recidivism. The Transitioning Offenders Program (TOP) is a nonprofit organization created to address this critical need. Our peer-to-peer program began with a database of 8,000+ public and private organizations across the 39 counties of Washington state. Our long-term goals include providing employment, housing, drug counseling and treatment, transportation, and mentoring for individuals upon their release from prison or jail.

We have learned that people are amenable to change and, given the tools, are willing to create a plan for themselves. TOP continues to make a positive impact on the lives of thousands of men and women working their way through corrections."

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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