This month we are proud to honor Kalen McCallister founder the Laughing Bear Bakery. Laughing Bear Bakery provides help to ex-offenders who struggle against daily obstacles to start their lives over as productive, self-sufficient men and women.

You’d think getting out of prison would be cause for celebration. Not necessarily. Most ex-cons are given a bus ticket home. They have no money and few prospects for employment. Retired prison chaplain Kalen McCallister made a promise to the offenders she worked with.  She promised she would help them find work. Kalen kept that promise. That’s why we are honoring Kalen McCallister as our Dream Maker.


If you want to learn more about the Laughing Bear Bakery and Kalen McCallister visit


Thank you, Kalen!

Nominate a DreamMakers

Every month on The Inside, we honor DreamMakers. Do you know a person or group of people making a difference? Nominate them!

Previous DreamMakers

Our first Dream Maker is Riley Schelp. This Lutheran High School South Senior brings smiles to everyone she meets. She is an honors student and cross country track star.


After the tragic drowning of a refugee classmate, Riley organized her swim team to teach free swim lessons to refugee children.  The program will continue after Riley graduates. For 7 years, Riley has participated in spring break mission trips to Belize, working with pre-school kids, delivering food, organizing sports camps and visiting nursing homes.

Riley will attend the University of Alabama this fall, to study Spanish and International Relations. She plans to continue to run track and work with refugee families.


Thank you, Riley!