With a Grander Vision in Mind, Wichita Business Employs and Invests in Prisoners
Capital III in Wichita, Kansas is not your typical investment company.
Attending The Global Leadership Summit has equipped them to bring laser focus to developing and building into their 400+ staff team. As a result, they are experiencing success in investing—not only in economic capital, but also social and spiritual capital. “We foster a very strong team approach,” said Austin Ochs, partner at Capital III. “It’s not about a superstar, but we work together with God’s strength.”
They seek to invest in all their staff, including the 150 staff they employ at market rates within Hutchinson Correctional Facility. “By having manufacturing facilities in the prison, we give men a daily purpose, respect, spoken encouragement and opportunities to develop their skills,” explains Austin. “In turn, we support the prison financially with our rent payments. We support the employees financially, giving them the ability to support their families, and give to charity, etc.
“It’s our vision that the Hutchinson Correctional Facility would be the best prison in the US. Obviously, this is counter-cultural in this environment, but our position with these men allows us to meet a lot of their needs. We’re also sharing the Gospel and ministering to them even after they are released.
“We started a program called TUMI three years ago, which is a seminary class for men within the prison. The first seven men who graduated from the program are having a huge impact on the inmates who are mentally ill by offering a mentoring program and through their local leadership of the church inside the prison. We are also currently leading the charge on finishing a spiritual life center inside the prison.
“We are leading men to faith. Men in the prison are leading others to faith. We are giving these men a vision for whom God has created them to be—as workers, as fathers and as children of God.
“It’s our dream that this place would be a location to grow TUMI and bring more men into relationship with God, as well as host the Summit.”
As a local sponsor for the Summit in Wichita, Austin’s company wants to see Wichita win through better leadership.
The company is bringing its whole staff, and promoting the event in the city. With God’s grace, they hope to host the Summit in Hutchinson Correctional this year as well. Pray for the outcome and the impact God can have in people’s lives through the Summit in Kansas.