Dive into the transformative journey of Larry Bell. Hear how his experience at OCE laundry helped him find stability and responsibility, demonstrating the power of positivity and hard work. Join Larry as he discovers the path to a new chapter, proving that with determination, even the most challenging roads can lead to unexpected destinations.
From OCE Laundry to ALSCO Uniforms: Unveiling John Kim's Inspiring Journey of Transformation. Discover how the guidance and training he received at OCE prepared him for success in the workforce, as he reflects on his time at OSP and Mill Creek. Join us in exploring Kim's evolution from Assistant Production Manager to a true embodiment of gratitude and achievement.
Daniel Breiners remarkable journey from Incarceration to ALSCO Engineer. Discover how OCE's impactful programs propelled him to a thriving career. Uncover how embracing opportunity and cultivating life skills led to a new chapter of independence and success.
Oregon Corrections Enterprises (OCE) programs have proven to be transformative, playing a vital role in supporting individuals on their path to personal and professional growth. Emphasizing skill-building and instilling confidence, OCE is dedicated to empowering individuals to reintegrate successfully into their communities after release. Operating laundry facilities within various correctional settings in Oregon, OCE offers pre-release job opportunities, facilitating a smooth transition back into society and reducing the likelihood of reoffending.
Michael grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, running away from an abusive home at 12 years old. He went to live with his grandparents. His grandfather would take him to work with him over summer breaks and teach him about life. Life was good, then it wasn't. Michael's grandfather passed away when he was seventeen, leaving a void. He coped the only way he knew how, hiding behind a bottle and then drugs. The need to get high led to poor choices landing him in an Arizona prison at 20. He paroled to his mothers house here in Oregon. He was doing well for a while and then eventually started drinking again. This led to drugs, and Michael started getting in trouble. He tried several times to get sober but failed. Then he found himself running around with the worst group of people, and ended up in prison for the second time, paroling in 2012.
Current and former AICs share their experiences with OCE programs and how it has helped prepare them for release. The confidence and skills gained while participating help build self-esteem, hope, and a mindset for success. Shown at our recent Open House event, this video was edited by our Graphic Design Team and captioned by Access2Online at CCCF.
Nobody first thinks of prison as a land of opportunity. For most of the men and women who are sentenced to time in Oregon prisons each year, prison is, at best, a course correction. For some its a forced detour around a road that was falling apart. For others, a prison cell is a timeout from the life they look forward to jumping right back into.
Trevor became involved with drugs at an early age. By age 14, he committed a crime and was sentenced as an adult. He spent his first two years of incarceration in county juvenile facilities, followed by six months in county jail. He spent the next three years at an Oregon Youth Authority facility, where he studied and earned his high school diploma before transferring to DOC to finish his life sentence.
Anne Maries story starts out like many. She graduated from high school, obtained an associate degree, married, and had two children. She worked a variety of jobs. She divorced and remarried. Raised to be family and budget oriented, she was an independent soul who did not ask for help especially when she needed it most. The result was a choice that resulted in a 15-year sentence.
George started his path to prison early in life. Growing up with divorced parents who did not establish boundaries, he didn't take life seriously or participate in what he calls a manners education. He completed high school and went on to attend a welding trade school, but he had already become involved with the wrong crowd. When he felt taken advantage of, he would retaliate.