RUI REENTRY PROGRAM ALUMNUS
Ernie Garcia became the fifth graduate of Rise Up Industries’ (RUI) 18-month Reentry Program in 2019. After joining a gang at the age of 12, Ernie later spent 29 years incarcerated. Upon release from prison, he joined the Reentry Program. After successfully completing the program, Ernie was immediately hired as a CNC (Computer Numeric Control) Machine Operator at a local manufacturing company.
Ernie says that his strength comes from God who has shown him that the greatest sense of value one can possess is living in service to others. He has spoken at numerous speaking engagements since 2019, inspiring others towards hope and healing.
San Diego Community Leader
RUI Executive Director
Retired as a Corps of Engineers Army Colonel in 2000, Joe Gilbreath co-founded Rise Up Industries and has served as Executive Director since 2013. Throughout his 26-year career in the Army, he served in numerous leadership positions. After retiring, Joe used his leadership experience in service of multiple nonprofits, including Habitat for Humanity and Kairos Prison Ministry at RJ Donovan.