where are they

Where Are They Now - Betty Gonzales

Meet Betty Gonzales, graduate of the Murray Faith-Based Dorm!

Cleaning Service Mother, six-year-old Joseph Volunteer, Media Team Palo Pinto Cowboy Church Good Samaritan Ministry

Betty arrived at Woodman State Jail on April 22, 2009. She accepted Christ two weeks later. After being assigned to the Murray Unit, she applied for our Faith-Based Dorm program. She had a hunger for the Word and was a key leader.


After 18 months in the program Betty shared at the graduation. Then she was commissioned to minister in the prison population. She was released from prison in July 2011.

Today, she is active in her church and ministers hope to ex-offenders. She spoke at our Reignite Reunion. Even though she has had many adjustments and challenges, her gratitude and passion for Jesus remain constant.

In order to support herself, Betty began cleaning houses. One of her clients sent me an email.

I love to come in and find Betty mopping the floors with a beautiful smile on her face and a praise song on her lips. Her joy and giving spirit are contagious. She spent an entire day cleaning for an elderly person in our community. It was her gift and a beautiful example of sacrificial giving.

And the gift goes on and on and on.

Thank you ministry partners!

Where Are They Now - Lori Riggs

Meet Lori Riggs, graduate of the Hobby Faith-Based Dorm!

Accountant, Toyota dealership East Texas Volunteer for Texas Department of Criminal Justice Volunteer Grace House of Cedar Creek Lake

Lori was rescued from darkness into a new life in Christ Jesus. She spent five years in prison where she was set free. She was a leader in our faith dorm at Hobby. She has a passion for telling others of the amazing work the Lord has done. Her story is now published in a book along with seven of her friends.



She has shared at the Henderson County Jail and is a leader in Celebrate Recovery. Her desire to help others has spilled over to her career choice. She will graduate in May as a Phi Theta Kappa honor student and begin an internship for Addiction Counseling.

“Everything that the enemy used to try to kill me has become my strength. My life no longer belongs to me. It is His.”

Lori spoke at our Reignite Reunion. Her life scripture is one of the many verses that she held on to while in prison.

Heb. 10:23 Hold fast, without wavering the confession of our hope. For He who promised is faithful.