ABOUT US

Our Mission

Our mission is to partner with the community and provide the foundation to build an independent society through public service

Our Vision

A strong network of peers affected by incarceration that provide mentoring, effective resources and a safe space to share their truth.

MEET OUR TEAM

 

When the topic of prison reform and reducing recidivism arises in community conversations, one of the top individuals that come to mind is Mrs. Sonya Evan Staples. Mrs. Staples has become a pioneer in bringing awareness to the growing rates of incarcerated citizens and the lack of resources after re-entry into the community.

 

She is a Richmond native with a passion for community development. Helping the prison community at a grass-root level is her life's work. Mrs. Staples has volunteered for over 20 years and prides herself on being a vehicle of change. She has dedicated her time, energy and resources to building strong individuals and has helped to birth stronger families and communities. Every thing she touches is aligned with that mission; from Life Coaching to being a Media Specialist for C.I.R.N, the Criminal Injustice Reform Network.

 

Sonya Evan Staples is the founder of the non-profit organization "From Prison to Promise. This organization was established in 2017 with the mission of providing a voice to those who have been silenced by incarceration. Weekly, Mrs. Staples gives individuals a safe space to discuss issues surrounding incarceration through the "From Prison to Promise" Internet radio show. It is her hope that individuals impacted by incarceration will gain strength and strategies to alleviate the struggle of waiting or starting over.

 

When Mrs. Staples is not deep into tackling issues within the prison community she is a wife, mother, notary public and author.  Her first book, From Prison to Promise, is available on Amazon. Each of these tasks further pushes her mission of creating a better community for all.

 

For business inquires or more, contact her by email at info@fromprisontopromise.org

Sonya Evan Staples

Founder & Executive Director

Juan “Don Juan Cardova” Braxton has been a pioneer in the entertainment industry in Richmond  VA since the late 90s. Today Juan can be found managing his real estate development and small business marketing/public relations companies. He also spends much of his time cultivating what he believes is his life’s purpose. Motivating and empowering those from poverty and being an advocate for issues around the racial wealth Gap. As well as founding his own foundation addressing these issues he also serves as VP of FROM PRISON TO PROMISE, Assistant Treasurer and Co-Chair of Community Involvement of the Richmond Branch of the NAACP. Juan also serves on the City of Richmond Eviction Task Force.

 
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Juan L Braxton, Sr
Vice President

Darrick Hall
Secretary

Darrick Hall is a dedicated family man and entrepreneur for over twenty years. Darrick has been a member of the national Association of Tax Professionals (NATP) since 2007. 
When there is leisure time, he enjoys bowling and working out. Not only is fiscal fitness important but so physical fitness to Darrick.
Darrick formed his own tax preparation and accounting firm over 20 years ago, with a key principle in mind: to provide the highest level of personalized client service possible. Building strong client relationships is fundamental and clients are managed and consulted with integrity, timely responsiveness, and professionalism. 
If you need any level of tax preparation assistance, he is there for you. If you need a trusted business advisor to help you maximize your tax strategy, grow your business, and plan your long-term goals, he is there for you too. 

Darrick Hall
Secretary

Darrick Hall is a dedicated family man and entrepreneur for over twenty years. Darrick has been a member of the national Association of Tax Professionals (NATP) since 2007. 
When there is leisure time, he enjoys bowling and working out. Not only is fiscal fitness important but so physical fitness to Darrick.
Darrick formed his own tax preparation and accounting firm over 20 years ago, with a key principle in mind: to provide the highest level of personalized client service possible. Building strong client relationships is fundamental and clients are managed and consulted with integrity, timely responsiveness, and professionalism. 
If you need any level of tax preparation assistance, he is there for you. If you need a trusted business advisor to help you maximize your tax strategy, grow your business, and plan your long-term goals, he is there for you too. 

Daija little
Social Media Coordinator

Daija Little is a 2020 graduate of James Madison University with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and a minor in Nonprofit Studies. Amongst many academic concentrations, Daija has demonstrated expertise in public policy, social inequality, and assessing how to respond to causes addressing disadvantaged communities. 

Daija is a proven leader and innovatir with cross-cultural skills who helped reactive the Women of Color organization at JMU. The organization focuses on creating a safe space for minority women to network, learn, and grow with one another. She is also a dynamic team leader with the ability to cultivate and maintain relations and partnerships with key internal and external stakeholders that provide effective decision-making while meeting the goals for the organization.

In 2019, Daija interned as a the community impact coordinator for United Way of Harrisonburg & Rockingham county where she coordinated project activities, internal controls, and plans to ensure availability of services and staffing to meet the objectives of United Way. She has a passion for working with nonprofits to execute new ways to give back and expand organizational outreach. 

She extended this passion during her 2019 Study Abroad trip to Ghana where she dedicated one month to learning more about the beautiful country while volunteering at academic centers such as Glona Academy for less priviled childreen and New Horzozns for children with disabilities.

As a multi-faceted entreprenur, she now enjoys her work as a certified trainer, online fitness coach, and an online boutique owner. As an individual who has witnessed the impacts of incarcertaion wihtin her own family, she is an advocate for prison reform and bringing awareness to the struggles of those who are and have been incarcerated.