Kevin Poppen passed away August 29, 2020 at the age of 40. We were unable to have any kind of funeral or memorial due to California’s pandemic restrictions, but we would like to honor Kevin’s memory in some way.
Kevin served more than 17 years, his entire adult life, in prison. His sentencing was far harsher than his crime warranted, but he survived it and worked hard to better himself while incarcerated. He earned college credits and two Associates degrees. He also earned the respect of the warden at his final facility, and showed himself to be a hard worker and a man of integrity. While in prison, he renewed his faith and rekindled his relationship with Jesus.
Kevin was released in February of this year and was building a life — a good job, a nice place to live, good relationships, and long-desired experiences such as hiking and enjoying the outdoors. We were proud of his efforts and excited for him to begin living as a free man.
Six months later, the stress of adjusting to “real life” became more than he could bear, and he took his own life.
There is a wonderful ministry in a Gillette, Wyoming (where Kevin's mother currently lives) called Second Chance Ministries. They are dedicated to prisoner re-entry, meaning they help formerly incarcerated individuals acclimate to society upon their release from prison. Not only do they assist with housing, jobs, and other necessities, but also with the need for emotional and spiritual connections and support. We strongly believe that if such a ministry had been available to Kevin, the outcome could have been different. You can learn more about Second Chance Ministries here:
In Kevin’s memory, please consider donating to Second Chance Ministries. If it can help just one person and one family avoid the pain of such a loss, it would make a world of difference. Thank you.
*If you are unable to donate, please share this with anyone you know who is sympathetic to causes such as this. Thank you.