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“A God Thing” Leads Oklahoma Soldier, Father to College Success

Matthew Holata

By Whitney Knight

Many can attest to the old saying that “God moves in mysterious ways.” As Matthew Holata learned, sometimes that can even mean through the radio waves. A native of Morris, Oklahoma, in the eastern half of the state, Holata grew up as a competitive kid with a love of sports and teamwork. He planned to pursue the path of a student-athlete after graduating high school, but came up just short—literally. Continue reading

Former Inmate Empowers Others through Education

Joel Whiteside

Joel Whiteside’s first stint in prison lasted twenty-eight months when he was just seventeen. After release, Joel struggled to make good decisions and soon his life was spiraling out of control. A three-year sentence in 2008 was a turning point. He realized that it was time to change the trajectory of his life. Joel’s personal story of transformation fuels his nonprofit organization, Been There, Done That, which supports those who are re-entering society in Cowlitz County, Washington, after incarceration. Continue reading