Blue Ridge Ministries conducts Great Dads, Malachi Dads, and Holistic Hardware programs within correctional institutions.
Great Dads teaches parenting skills enhanced with praise and worship music. Counselors are available to share God’s love and forgiveness. A camp is held on-site the following day allowing children to spend all day with their fathers. These camps have been instrumental in establishing relationships with fathers and their children.
Malachi Dads is a father development program based on five areas of development: parenting, Christian character, education, moral rehabilitation, and vocational training. All five components together provide the inmate with the skills needed to be a responsible parent. These fathers can look forward with renewed commitment to return to their families and to be the dads their kids need them to be.
Hannah’s Gift Classes -Two Classes Offered 3 times a year in various prisons. A ministry of Awana Lifeline offering hope to mothers in prison, reminding them of their God-given responsibility as mothers. At the completion of these classes a “Returning Hearts Celebration” is held on a Saturday, bringing their children in to the prisons to be with their mothers for the day.
Holistic Hardware teaches a combination of spiritual and practical tools and principles that enable men and women to overcome addiction, poverty, and incarceration. It is presented as a component of the Department of Corrections S.P.I.C.E. program for inmates scheduled to be released within the next 12 months. The S.P.I.C.E. program goals are to provide offenders with a meaningful educational and spiritual based training program, to provide offenders with the basic tools to enhance their ability to return to society as productive law abiding citizens, and to prepare offenders for the workplace while reconnecting them to their families and communities. The recidivism rate for S.P.I.C.E. graduates in 2011 was 4.2% compared to 32% for all releases.
Please see our seminars page for a list of available seminars for correctional institutions.
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