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“Telling my story is more therapeutic than someone else saying what’s wrong with me.”
-Quaid, Forgotten Veteran
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After suffering the loss of her seven-month-old daughter to crib death, Melanie found healing and purpose by sharing her story with those who could be encouraged and inspired by the wisdom and purpose she found in her daughter’s passing. She developed The Triumph Program to assist others to discover write and share their own Triumph Stories and went on to become the founder of Triumph Press, which publishes The Triumph Book Series, as well as the books and stories of others who have overcome adversity.
Since writing The Triumph Book: HEROES, a collection of first-person veteran stories, she has become a passionate advocate for our veterans and most recently is raising awareness of and serving The Forgotten Veterans.
Melanie is the Founder of H.O.N.O.R. Mentoring and is working to expand the program to more prison units in Texas and across the nation.
Dr. Michael Hayles Sr.
A longtime resident of Montgomery, Texas. He is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Coat of Many Colors Ministries, Inc. (CMCM) as well as the owner of Stratosphere Multi Media. Dr. Hayles has been a community leader for over 25 years and has degrees in Business Administration, Ministry, Multi Media and Information Systems. He has over 20 years of experience as an Oil and Gas Executive and over 25 years working as a Leader in the non-profit industry environment.
Dr. Hayles served two terms as President for the Conroe Friendly City Kiwanis Club, he served as a Board Member of the Montgomery County Food Bank for over 10 years and he served as a Board Member for Montgomery County Child Protective Services.
The Field Ministers at Eastham Prison
Attended the four-year intensive seminary program at the Darrington Unit sponsored by Heart of Texas Foundation. They are working to co-create the H.O.N.O.R. Mentoring Community which TDCJ approved to be pilot tested at their unit, Eastham in Lovelady, TX. Two of the Field Ministers at Eastham were the first to go through The Triumph Program Winter 2018.
- Texas Department of Criminal Justice– The Triumph Program has been approved for use with all incarcerated veterans in the state of Texas and H.O.N.O.R. Mentoring has been approved for development at Eastham Prison
- Texas Inmates Families Association (TIFA)- a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to break the cycle of crime by strengthening families through support, education, and advocacy. TIFA also provides parole workshops as well as online resources for our members.
- Windham School District (WSD) provides appropriate educational programs to meet the needs of the eligible inmate population, thus reducing recidivism by assisting inmates in becoming productive members of society. Studies show that education and employment reduce recidivism and save tax dollars.
- Lee College– prison education which provide inmates incarcerated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) the opportunity to earn college credit while still behind bars. The Huntsville Center offers associate degree and certificate programs in academic and technical fields to a growing enrollment of more than 1,200 students across six TDCJ units.
- Heart of Texas Foundation– provides a four-year Christian education (Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies) to long-term Texas inmates. But that’s just the beginning. When they graduate they become TDCJ “Field Ministers.” They are then transferred in teams to other prisons in Texas. For the rest of their lives in our prison system, these Field Ministers are allowed to serve the spiritual, moral, and humanitarian needs of other inmates.
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