Success thru Connections is a mentoring/incubation program that provides support, guidance, and connections for an annual cohort of formerly incarcerated people. Inspired by entrepreneur and former board member Kyle Hansen (founder of Outward Hound), Success thru Connections mentees receive support following their dreams, whether it’s building a small business, starting a nonprofit, developing a product, or working on a career. Through monthly Mastermind Meetings, Success thru Connections mentees check in, share curveballs, create connections, and commit to a follow-up action for the next month. The number one thing mentees said they got back from the program? Moral support!
If you would like to apply to be a mentee with Success thru Connections, please contact Remerg at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our next cohort starts in January 2023. Success thru Connections 2022 was supported by Boulder Valley Rotary Club.
A member of the 2022 cohort, Dana is the founder of Anything Is Pawsible, her dog training and boarding business.
Celia’s dream is to be a life coach. She’s already started on this path, earning her life coaching certification this past year while a member of the 2022 cohort.
Garrett’s (2022 cohort) dream is to own his own business, helping landlords to clean and refresh properties. He’s on his way, saving money through his new job driving long distance, having earned his CDL this year, while in the 2022 cohort.
Nick’s passionate about helping people, from his job as an employment coach at Servicios de la Raza to his volunteer work with the Denver Basic Income Project.
A peer recovery coach, Pat is on his way to owning his own sober living homes.
A man of many talents, from music to IT, David (2022 cohort) is living his dream.
Kenneth Cobbin (2020 cohort) is the owner of Gifted Paws, which provides gentle dog training, boarding, and more. Dogs are Kenny’s passion and it shows. “People can change,” Kenny says. Click here to learn about Kenny and why he’s inspired to work with dogs that have been hurt and abused.
Hired out of prison by entrepreneur and author Weldon Long, Reuel (2020 cohort) helped Weldon launch his newest company Rehash Leads before moving on to his newest endeavor. We met Reuel inside the Territorial Correctional Facility several years ago, when he was toward the end of a long sentence. It’s amazing to see his transformation and motivation. Click here to see a video Reuel made to introduce a section about Fair Chance Employers on Remerg.com.
Peter Kim (2020 cohort) is the founder of Connections Prison Ministry, a faith-based nonprofit he formed within a year of his release from incarceration while also working a full-time job! Peter is making a huge impact; if you can, please support Connections Prison Ministry. Click here to see a video Peter did about re-entry.
Cameron Lundstrom (2020 cohort) is the founder of NAS Recovery Solutions, a peer coaching company he founded after release from prison. A dedicated father and grandfather, cancer survivor, and sweet soul inside the exterior of a body builder you do not want to mess with, Cameron shares wisdom and lessons learned through a life that’s seen a lot of ups and downs. Cameron’s also the first formerly incarcerated person in Colorado to become a Parent Advocate with the Colorado Office of Respondent Parents’ Counsel.
After serving over a quarter of a century in prison, Jhil Marquantte (2020 cohort) began rebuilding his life with a focus that all who know him admire. “I don’t have time to make any more mistakes,” Jhil has said more than once. In a little over two years, Jhil has worked part-time for Remerg, managed properties full-time for Swan Enterprises, and launched his own business, Good Measure Home Solutions. A proud uncle, brother, and son, Jhil is an inspiration to all. We are thrilled at Remerg that he also serves as the co-chair of our board of directors.
Mother of four, power weight lifter, and founder of K Project Freedom, Kalena Rodriguez (2020 cohort) is passionate about many things, including helping people coming out of incarceration. She lives her message of self-care and developing personal strength, a model for those who know she learned how to grow up in prison. “I’m hitting new goals,” she tells me, including a difficult pregnancy, raising a family in the middle of a pandemic, and banging weights like nobody’s business.