The story of Prodigals

~ By Dennis Porter

About Prodigal Sons & Daughters


Picture this: the year is 1989, a time of renewal and growth. In the midst of spring, an eclectic group of individuals, once entangled in the clutches of various criminal activities, joined forces with a visionary goal. Their collective purpose? To alter the trajectory of the upcoming generation, steering them away from the pitfalls of the past. Behold “The Prodigal Sons and Daughters,” a name that carries weight and meaning, encapsulating their profound mission—now famously known as Prodigal Sons and Daughters Redirection Services.

The mastermind behind this transformative movement? None other than prisoner extraordinaire, Dennis Porter. Imagine, a man behind bars, meticulously crafting a tapestry of collective wisdom into a comprehensive program. This masterstroke encompasses a multifaceted approach, delving into the very essence of human support. Counseling, substance abuse rehabilitation, essential life skills, mentoring, fraternal bonds, and membership—their tapestry is rich and diverse.

From basic necessities to comprehensive assistance, these prodigals leave no stone unturned. Food, clothing, and shelter—vital elements of existence—are gracefully provided through dynamic collaborations, epitomized by Food Pantries, Thrift Shops, and Housing Initiatives. A true embodiment of care and community.

Leap forward to 2022, a staggering 33 years since inception. The impact of the Prodigals is nothing short of awe-inspiring. Their influence spans across three states: New Jersey, Georgia, and Florida—geographical boundaries but mere trifles in the grand tapestry they’ve woven. Their achievements are a testament to their undeniable dedication. The halls of power have taken note: the White House, US Congress, State Senates and Senators, Governors, Mayors, City Councils, Chosen Freeholders, Major Corporations—acknowledgment ripples like a symphony.

But the Prodigals’ influence isn’t confined by borders. They’ve cast their transformative net beyond the nation, partnering with African states in a display of international camaraderie. The impact is undeniable, a global alliance for change.

The canvas of offerings is vibrant and compelling. Their portrait reveals the strokes of Life Skills and Mentorship Training Programs, the hues of Fraternal Membership, the contours of PSD Housing. “From Prison to Power” Conferences illuminate the way, while the Progress Report Newsletter narrates their remarkable journey. And what would this masterpiece be without PSD Industries—each brushstroke more intriguing than the last? Labor For Favors Bartering System, PSD Staffing, the Stadium Project, Celebrities At Risk initiative—each layer tells a story. The PSD Green Initiative, Food Farm-a-ceutical Kitchen, and the delectable Paradise Gardens Bakery—they are the vibrant threads that weave this exceptional tapestry together.

This is the saga of The Prodigals—a tale of transformation, empowerment, and unyielding resilience. A story that echoes through time, reminding us that even in the face of adversity, humanity’s capacity for change knows no bounds.

Delving into society’s cautious disposition towards welcoming former offenders, PSD wholeheartedly undertook collaborations with reputable institutions. This strategic move paved the way for PSD to discern the contrasting elements between their unique approach and the conventional paradigms of life skills and mentorship.

This immersive engagement granted PSD a firsthand encounter with the intricate web of psychological, emotional, and sociological obstacles that former offenders grapple with—both within and beyond the prison walls. A noteworthy aspect became evident: the remarkable journey of those who successfully reintegrate into society, with an astounding one-third refraining from relapse into criminal behavior.

Armed with this profound understanding, PSD positioned itself as a champion to harness the untapped potential of this overlooked populace. The amalgamation of experiences unveiled an untold narrative, one that spotlighted the resilience and transformation of individuals who break the cycle, ultimately contributing significantly to the social fabric.