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Zacchaeus & Laura Anthony

The Founders

Zacchaeus and Laura Anthony are the founders of Pathway 2 Hope.  Laura is the dedicated wife to her husband Zacchaeus who is incarcerated. In addition to her non-profit organization, she also owns several small businesses with over 25 years of corporate business management experience. Laura has been a strong voice for the community, prisoner rights, criminal reform, and mentoring the youth since the early 2000’s – just to name a few.


The mission of Pathway 2 Hope is to promote redemption, dignity and restore hope to individuals who are incarcerated. In this age of mass incarceration and the surging momentum to end it, we must commit to a movement to disrupt the American prison system. We support successful reentry from incarceration while promoting alternatives to incarceration, thus strengthening the fabric of our communities

Pathway 2 Hope seeks to be force for change in the North Carolina criminal justice system. “We talk about numbers, but at the end of the process it’s not a number that’s getting the sentence,” Laura says. “It’s a person, a person with a family from a community.”

Our non-profit organization is focused on advocating, encouraging, aspiring, positive leadership, and supporting individuals who are incarcerated. We do this by advocating for changes within North Carolina legislation and policy changes within North Carolina Department of Corrections and the North Carolina Post-Release Supervision and Parole Commission.

Pathway 2 Hope work’s with various agencies and organizations that support and actively offer rehabilitation services that include cash bail reform, drug and alcohol treatment, mental health treatment, counseling, transitional housing assistance, parenting courses, educational programs, financial education, job placement and training. Pathway 2 Hope works towards being a part of the solution to counteract the effects that incarceration has on those incarcerated and the families. What we propose holds people accountable in an effective way that offers hope to offenders, victims, and communities.

“And that’s the thing about hope. In the moment when you feel it, it can seem foolish or sentimental or disconnected from reality. But hope knows that people change on a timeline that we can’t predict. We can never know the power that a word of kindness or an act of forgiveness will have on the person who needs it most.”

– Shaka Senghor, Writing My Wrongs“

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