Transformation Tuesdays: Jordan Jeske Pays It Forward

March 19, 2018
Jordan Jeske Prison Fellowship

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Jordan Jeske has come a long way.

The Redding, California, native grew up in a "dysfunctional" and "violent" family. One thing led to another, Jeske says, and he developed a meth addiction that lasted years. He began stealing to support his drug habit and landed in prison.

After two and a half years behind bars, Jeske was released. But his first year out proved difficult. "Nobody wanted to hire an ex-felon," he says. 

Luckily, a side job in landscaping led to great things. After learning the trade, Jeske started his own business with just two employees. Seven years later, Cornerstone Hauling and Gardening has grown to 14 employees, mostly ex-convicts.

Jeske, his wife, and their two small children share their home with four men who have all served time.

Watch Jeske talk about his journey below: 

To hear more second-chance stories, join Prison Fellowship on April 7 for Road to Second Chances, a prayer walk starting at Anacostia Park Skating Pavilion. Hear men and women share their personal stories of their search for a second chance. The walk will finish at the DC Dream Center where a free resource fair will connect returning men and women and their families with legal, educational and employment services and more. 

Prison Fellowship trains and inspires churches and communities to give former prisoners a second chance, using biblically-based programs to help break the cycle of incarceration: "We equip correctional leaders, volunteers, and incarcerated men and women to make prisons more rehabilitative places; we advocate for a more restorative criminal justice system; and we collaborate with churches and local service providers to support former prisoners, their families, and their communities."

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