Made Up Mind, Inc.

MUM isn't just an incorporation, it's also declaration....

Who Are We

"The better question is who am I.  M.U.M. is the collaboration of individuals who have made up their mind to change by changing the way they think."
M.U.M.'s Commitment
M.U.M. is committed to those who are committed to themselves; to those who are willing to use their pasts as stepping stones to becoming better rather than those who are seeing it as a stumbling block and staying bitter. M.U.M. is committed to forming a wrap-around structure of honest accountability for ex-offenders not only providing them with the tools to build a new life, but also making sure that they have the knowledge and understanding to do so.  M.U.M. is a non-profit that is looking to become primarily self-sustained through the hard work of the men and women as they earn immediate income in the ABC Kickstart Program.  One thing M.U.M. is not: it is not another resource for ex-offenders being released but an actual source of employment, education, expectation and hope.

To read more about M.U.M. and the men and women who make it up refer to our blog!

Community Feedback
Margie Rice who is running for Monroe County Prosecutor said, "This is an exciting program and one Bloomington really needs. " 

Larry Hill who helped Big Boy's Moving as a SCORE mentor describes the process as we began M.U.M., "Their original business is a moving business, and they have since bought the truck they were seeking and added warehouse space, so they are moving and growing at a rapid pace. Nice success story!"

Victor Harnack, who is one of the incorporators of M.U.M., is very excited with the progress and is looking forward to seeing the successes as the men and women graduate the program.  

The M.A.D. Men of M.U.M.

These men of M.U.M. have Made a Decision to Make a Difference!

Here are short bios of these M.U.M. Men

Rick E. is a 46 year old father of one son.  He is committed to remaining strong and focused and staying on his current course.  His goals are to be successful for his son so that he can be the best father possible and provide for his son.  To acheive this, he will continue to strive to be the best man and citizen he can and work hard for the things he needs.

Isaac C. is a 46 year old father of one son and two step-daughters.  He is from Lawrence County Indiana.  His goals are to work towards being a better citizen, a more productive husband, and a son that will make his mother proud.  He would like to own his own landscaping business in the future.

Micah W. is a 38 year old father of 5 children.  He admits that he made some poor choices in his younger days and became weary of those choices, so he Made Up his Mind to Make a Difference .  For MIcah, M.U.M. has become a way of life.  His goals include becoming a better father, son, brother, worker, child of God, and to work his way to being a pillar of the community.  Micah also would like to get his barber license, in the meantime, he uses his skills at haircutting to benefit the men of M.U.M. and the community for free.  

Daymon S. is a 46 year old father of 4.  His children are his world.  Daymon's goals are to be the best person he can be, including being a positive role model in his community and for the people in his life.

Raheem M. is a 29 year old father of one daughter.  Raheem grew up with his mother in a single parent household in York, Pennsylvania.  He was incarcerated at 16 years of age and served more than 12 years.  He has come out of his incarceration with a dedication to pursue his dream of being a mentor and leader for at risk youths.  Raheem is committed to his faith, family, and his community with an especial emphasis on helping others whom are incarcerated to transition back into society.

Nehemiah G. is a 35 year old father of one girl and one boy.  He has been in and out of incarceration since he was 17 years old.  Nehemiah is committed to staying out of incarceration so that he can be the father that his children need.  His goal is to be a personal trainer.  He thanks God for leading him to become a M.U.M. man.
A little from the founder...
"Being released from the department of correction, I was given a list of resources as part of reentry; places to go for men shelters, places to go for clothing, places to go for government assistance.  My experience was that most of those resources set up for ex-offenders are overlapping, doing the same thing and that is pointing ex-offenders to other places of resources such as resume building, getting bus passes, or clothes.  Many good people don't know or are unaware FAthat when a person is released from prison, their freedom teeters on meeting financial expectations whether it's freedom from some form of probation fee that must be met before they are released or possible dismissal from treatment programs who can't allow indigent residents because their operation depends upon finances.  When I came home in 2015 after 82 months in prison I was paying an excess of $1300 per month in treatment fees and mandatory cell phone bills that I had to have as a condition of my release on a $10.50 an hour job.  M.U.M. works with men and women who primarily serve their time constructively; who took advantage of vocational programs, substance abuse programs, therapeutic programs, employment opportunities and every constructive opportunity offered to them while they were locked up without the motivation of a time reduction. They had to have wanted to do it because they make up their mind that when they go home they stay home.  Men and women who reach this form of commitment are a very rare breed, which is why M.U.M. is aimed at men and women who have made up their mind and are committed to what M.U.M. is.  These men and women have realized that it is not the responsibility of the D.O.C., the jail, family or friends to rehabilitate them but only offer them opportunities to rehabilitate themselves. My recidivism ended when I made up my mind to do what I needed to do.  
In prison I committed myself to books that gave me new thoughts; I committed myself to education and earned my Associates Degree from Purdue North Central, I committed myself to exposing my own lies.   I wrote a book and published it titled On My Momma that can be ordered on Amazon.  I did this in prison writing upon scrap paper or anything I could do to write down my thoughts, sending these ideas out with the help of a friend who believed in me and typed it all out.  For 3 years I ran a Department of Labor program teaching up to 3 dozen offenders how to refurbish donated eyeglasses that the Lyons Club District 25A distributed to impoverished countries around the world.   I separated myself from those who chose to do their time highlighting the very things that got them in prison in the first place.  Prison is a breeding ground, an incubator for crime, and I know that it's challenging in that environment to not get sucked into and become a part of that world.  I've seen many men coming in for driving with a suspended license looking like a banker, but left with a whole different mentality: the knowledge of making meth, tattoos on their face, not thinking beyond that moment in their life.  For the first time in my life, at the age of 46, I'm not on probation; I'm not on parole.  Not to down play the struggle of addiction or the struggle of what you may have come through, but I am where I am and I'm going where I'm going because I made up my mind to do something different.  What's expected of those who are accepted into M.U.M. are the expectations I put in place for myself.  I wasn't expected to let my parole officer, the half-way house director, my family or friends communicate, but I signed a release so that they would.  These are the men and women who will help M.U.M. become a bigger stage for others to live new roles as they begin new lives."
“Many good people are unaware that when a person is released from prison, their freedom teeters on meeting financial expectations”
Antonio Jackson