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At Fourth Purpose, we’re committed to making prison a place of transformation. We focus on three pillars: Staffing, Inmates, and The Community. Follow us and share your comments as we continue our mission and make a difference in the lives of many.

A Letter To You

We hope this letter finds you in good spirits and health. We are Josh and Tracy Smith, the founders of the Fourth Purpose Foundation. Our journey to this point has been unique and deeply personal, especially for Josh, who, in his early 20s, spent five years in federal prison. This experience, though challenging, was transformative, leading us to where we are today.

Prison was a turning point for Josh. It was there that he was introduced to a new world of possibilities through books, education, and the life experiences of fellow inmates. More importantly, it was where he found a renewed faith and hope, which became the bedrock of our mission at the Fourth Purpose Foundation.

After his release, the road to reintegration was fraught with challenges. We faced the harsh realities of societal re-entry, from the struggle to find employment to being displaced from our home. However, these hardships only strengthened our resolve. Josh’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to establish a successful business, which became the financial backbone for launching our Foundation.

Our mission at the Fourth Purpose Foundation is simple yet profound: making prisons a place of transformation. We believe that every individual, regardless of their past, has the potential for transformation and deserves a chance at redemption and a meaningful future.

Josh’s work has been recognized and utilized in various capacities, including his appointment to Tennessee’s Criminal Justice Reinvestment Task Force and as the Director of Governor Lee’s Volunteer Mentorship Initiative. These roles have allowed us to advocate for a justice system focused on reducing recidivism and promoting public safety through rehabilitation and community support.

As we continue our work, we invite you to join us in this mission. Your support, whether through spreading our message, engaging with us on social media, or participating in our programs, is invaluable. Together, we can make a significant impact in the lives of those within the prison system and their families.

Please visit our website to learn more about our work and how you can get involved. Follow the link provided to connect with us on various social media platforms and subscribe to our newsletter for updates on our initiatives and stories of transformation.

We want you to know that your loved ones in prison are not forgotten. They have the potential for change, and with our collective efforts, we can help pave the way for a brighter future for them and for our communities.

Looking forward,

Josh and Tracy Smith
Founders, Fourth Purpose Foundation

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