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Our first steps

Our history begins back in 2007, Patricia Shaver, Executive Director recalls that for as far back as she can remember her parents always were extremely concerned about “ex-offenders.” She would hear them discussing the plight of former offenders and their desire to inform them that they must know, believe and be confident that regardless of one’s past, “you can always start over.” As the founder of the organization, for many years the closest she ever got to ex-offenders was in her capacity as a bail bonds person. Yet she was still haunted for many years about her parents’ passion for ex-offenders. Finally, in 2008 Ms. Shaver opened her first BPB Floyd House for previously incarcerated clients. We owe more than our name, our logo and our first product to her parents. She embodied many of the key attitudes and values that form part and parcel of our organization culture: pragmatism, flexibility, the willingness to learn, an open mind and respect for other people and cultures.