From a Former Mount Pleasant Offender
"I just wanted to send this card of thanks to you and let you truly know how vital and important my employment with IPI was.
Things are great for me, I'm working... and I'm in the finishing department.
...thanks so much for giving me an opportunity for change and I pray your shop truly helps others as it did for me."
From a Mount Pleasant Offender
"IPI has played an important role of my incarceration and rehabilitation.
I have acquired a working knowledge of “lean” manufacturing in the cabinet industry. Blue print reading, shop and machine safety, record keeping, as well as working together as a team all are a part of the training provided by IPI. I have also been included in some of the computer work during my time with IPI. This has given me a chance to learn and practice these current vital skills for use later in life. All of this training will allow me to gain employment in the cabinet industry or elsewhere when released and not only be productive in the workplace but, also combined with a positive attitude and outlook towards life, I will be able to be a productive member of society.
The computer experience will provide me with the tools necessary to advance in the job market upon release, and the opportunities provided by the various shops I have been involved with have given me a new sense of who I am and how each person is an important part of the whole. Without a correct perspective, life can be much tougher than it needs to be.
From a Former Rockwell City Offender
"... I worked in Rockwell City. I helped build the powder coat booth, ovens, fire rings, cells, and refurbished snow plows. I would like to let the inmates working for you how amazing your program is, and how much I appreciate the time and opportunity your program has influenced my life after incarceration. I now own my own business in fabrication using all the skills I honed while under your supervision. ... letting them know how big of an impact your program has had on my life after incarceration."
From a Former Anamosa Plant Offender
"I just wanted to take some time to show my gratitude for everything you did in the time I spent in your employ. I have been out almost two months and life is GREAT! ...
... Thank you for helping me realize my potential and allowing me the opportunity to work in your shop."