We are a 501(c)3 non-profit, Historically Underutilized Business whose mission is to address the needs of our re-entry population to make their transition back into main steam society a success.
Changin’ Lives was founded by Dolores Bianca Castoreno in Houston, Texas in 2002 to assist ex-offenders with starting their lives over after being incarcerated. She developed the organization for the sole idea to help provide ex-offenders the support and tools to over come obstacles. Ms. Castoreno knows the ordeals that ex-offenders face when attempting to live a normal desired life. "We strive to make a difference in the lives of ex-offenders and their families." Ms. Castoreno witnessed ﬁrst hand the extreme difﬁculties they encounter in obtaining employment.
While working for the Texas Workforce Commission as a case manager, Ms. Castoreno assisted many people in obtaining a employment. There she was exposed to ex-offenders who were looking for jobs, seeing the lack of commitment and knowing that many ex-offenders wanted a second chance, she created an organization committed to these chances. Her clients are given job referrals where they are able to apply for employment knowing their criminal background is not going to stop them from being gainfully employed.