Our Story

We’ve loved every minute of our journey

We are a Historically Underutilized Business whose mission is to address the needs of our re-entry population to make their transition back into mainstream 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 overcome obstacles they face once they have been released from prison.

Ms. Castoreno knows the ordeals that ex-offenders face when attempting to live a normal desired life.

While working for the Texas Workforce Commission, Ms. Castoreno witnessed first hand the extreme difficulties her clients encountered in obtaining employment. She realized that formerly incarcerated people needed stable jobs for the same reasons as everyone else: to support themselves and their loved ones, pursue life goals, and strengthen their communities. 

Our First Employee

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