Helping TDCJ Chaplains, Offenders & Their Families
Organized by: Red & Black
Our book was supposed to be the basis of a sitcom, which is why it was launched by Neiman Marcus. But things never seem to go as planned. It detoured into the world of education and has been approved by the Texas State Board of Education as a personal financial literacy textbook. And now, it has entered the prison world! Amazing when you consider its title, What I Learned About Life When My Husband Got Fired!
The initial “Red & Black Personal Finance & Life 101” book study program was championed by the chaplain at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (“TDCJ”) Stringfellow Unit, in Rosharon, Texas (just south of Houston). Based on the incredible feedback of the men who voluntarily completed the pilot program, other chaplains are now requesting the program. Even offenders are asking for it, and one unit already has a waiting list of 300 men! Unfortunately, there currently is not any money in the TDCJ budget for this program.
One of the most amazing aspects of this program is that the men are sharing the stories and “lessons” in the book with their families on the “outside.” And, one of the most important lessons everyone is learning is that we all have the power to take control of our money and lives – rather than having our lives control us.
A friend of Black’s, who spent time in Angola in Louisiana (known as the Alcatraz of the East) once told her the problem with rehabilitation programs is that they make the assumption people are habilitated in the first place. But our book shows how even a well-educated straight A-student (Red) and a woman with degrees in economics and finance (Black) are not necessarily prepared for life. Somehow, Red’s journey, with Black helping her change her mindset and perspective, is also guiding the way for others to do the same.
- COST OF THE PROGRAM? $25 per person. This is the discounted price of the book and includes shipping to the TDCJ unit.
- VALUE OF THE PROGRAM? Cannot calculate. The individuals who have completed the program are not only indicating that they wished they had been taught these “life lessons” years ago as it might have changed the trajectory of their lives, but they are sharing this new-found knowledge with family members.
- DO NOT TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT … Can you spare 15 minutes? Please listen to the men who participated in the pilot program, as well as the chaplain who took a “leap of faith” and started it, by watching “Red & Black: The Stringfellow Story” (click here).
- DO THIS FOR THE CHAPLAINS – FOR THE OFFENDERS – FOR THEIR FAMILIES … Purchase a gift certificate in whatever amount you would like that will then be redeemed for books by the Chaplaincy Department of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. (Unless you request we send the certificate to you.) Please note these purchases are NOT tax deductible.
- BULK PURCHASES: We have had several entities and individuals who have made large purchases (20 or more books) and wanted a receipt from TDCJ for their tax-deductible donation. If you or your church/organization would like to do this, please contact us at Crowdrise@RedandBlackBooks.com.
We thank you, the chaplains thank you, the offenders thank you, their families thank you.