Ramon Arias leads the Bravo Corporation in Birmingham, Alabama. In addition to presiding over his considerable holdings in pizza franchises, Ramon Arias is active in charitable pursuits in the Birmingham, Alabama, area. He is especially involved with local ministry The Foundry.
Serving some of Alabama’s most underserved populations, The Foundry focuses on those from low-income backgrounds and who have struggled with substance abuse or the legal system. More than 1,000 men leave Alabama’s prison system each month, and more than a third of those people will find themselves re-incarcerated within a few years without intervention. The Foundry takes a faith-based approach to helping these individuals heal themselves and better their lives.
The Foundry operates a six-month-long Re-Entry program, which is designed to give former inmates the tools they need to thrive in work and life. The program helps participants meet basic needs, such as shelter and medical care. They also have access to a wealth of counseling services, Bible studies, and adult education classes.
During the second phase of the program, participating men are eligible to obtain full- or part-time employment outside of The Foundry. Once employed, former inmates may take advantage of opportunities in transitional housing, affording them extra support and accountability as they transition into mainstream society.