Dear “Transforming Lives Through H.O.P.E.” Student:

My name is John E. Mickel, Founder and President of Transforming Lives Through Helping Others Prepare for Employment (TLT  H.O.P.E.)

It is my pleasure to welcome each of you to TLT H.O.P.E. and my honor to take this opportunity to congratulate you on your acceptance to our TLT H.O.P.E. Program. More importantly, I welcome each of you to our TLT H.O.P.E. family. We look forward to meeting with you and for our staff to get to know you in an effort to understand what your specific goals and needs are during your eight-week session of classes.

With us, our student success is our first commitment.  TLT H.O.P.E. mission statement highlights our promise to provide a warm and supportive environment in which you may receive quality training, educational excellence and spiritual enlightenment.

Remember, our staff is here because we understand what it takes to make a “positive impact and difference” in  your life.  Our TLT H.O.P.E. staff has a combined total of  150 years in education, personal life experiences and skills, wisdom and spiritual growth. We are a valuable resource in which you can draw upon for educational assistance, increased self esteem, economic empowerment and spiritual  growth.  “Your success is our success.”

See you in class!

John E. Mickel, Jr.
Elder John E. Mickel, Jr.

Founder / President


Ministering to the formerly incarcerated was conceived in the heart of our Founder, John E. Mickel, Jr. After serving and driving hundreds of miles with the New Creation Christian Fellowship Prison Ministry team, he was troubled that there was not anything to keep men and women from returning to prison. The Lord begin to trouble him about doing something about it.  He came up with a plan he and his wife, typed it out and presented it to his leaders and they blessed it. After this, he began to gather like-minded team members to help carry this plan out.

On March 26, 2013, John and Tiffany Mickel, founded Transforming Lives Through H.O.P.E. in their home. Founding members include Pearl Conyers, Carol Lee, Gayle King, Joe Howard, Edwin Gorham and Arthur Sanderson. From this gathering, the TLT H.O.P.E. team emerged and organized a successful outreach program for the formerly incarcerated. 

The program included courses teaching essential life skills, food service certification, GED and employment preparation.

TLT HOPE initial class began on the campus of NCCF in Feb 2014 and later transitioned to San Antonio for Christ Rescue Mission located on the South East Side of San Antonio, Texas. For three years we ministered to that Facility. In 2016, the Lord opened the windows of heaven and blessed us with ten acres of land located at 1154 Duke Road, San Antonio, Texas 78264 to build our own. 

John E. Mickel, Jr. is a military veteran who served honorably in the U.S. Army for 21 years as a Food Service Manager. While in the military he obtained his associates degree in food service management and received high honors in his field of work. After relocating here in San Antonio, Texas in 2003, he started his Catering Business “Mickel’s Country Cooking and Catering Restaurant”. For 8 years John and his wife operated their business serving the military and surrounding communities with great home-cooked country meals until he retired in 2011. While serving his community, his restaurant received many write ups and acknowledgements in the San Antonio Express News. Continuing in his acts of service to his community, he is now serving the formerly incarcerated to help improve their lives.    


                              FOUNDERS:                                       John E. Mickel, Jr & Tiffany R. Mickel

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