W – Wise
I – Instruction to
N – Negotiate
N – Never
E – Ever
R – Returning to Prison
Mission Statement: This program is being developed for men who have a strong desire to never return to prison! It will help guide and support the newly released in order to start and sustain a happy, peaceful, and productive life.
Objective: This program is designed to help reduce the recidivism rate, which, based on differing models and measurements is anywhere from 60 to 75%. This program requires a 12 month commitment which starts the day of their release from prison. This is a no-compromise program; you’re either “in” or “out”. This program will require much effort, time, sacrifice and unconditional love from ALL involved, so consideration of such is paramount! Philippians 4:13: “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength” (NLT). “No man is an island…..loneliness is a choice”
The Product/Program: The first 24 hours upon release are Imperative!
- Housing is provided through this program.
- First two weeks are FREE, and then the cost is $125.00 per week.
- Each returning citizen must meet with their parole/probation officer.
- Each person must contact their home church or establish a home church.
- Each person must set an initial meeting to establish their accountability team. The purpose of this team is to guide, support, and directs you in achieving your pre-determined goals.
- Items to be discussed with your accountability team will be: appointments, fines, driver’s license status, community service requirements, ALL stipulations of parole/probation, budget, transportation, job opportunities-employment, weaknesses, addictions, etc. Everything must be on the table!
- Each person must agree to attend daily/weekly AA/NA meeting, celebrate recovery. Do you have a sponsor?
- Each person must agree to a one year commitment to exclude any intimate relationships with the opposite sex.
- Each person must agree to stay away from, completely, from drugs and alcohol.
- Each person must agree that any major decision must be run by your accountability team first, at your weekly meetings.
- Each person must attend church once a week
This is a program of give and receive: Luke 12:48:
“When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been trusted with much, even more will be required”. (NLT).
As a result of a second chance at life, you will be expected to assist and help others whenever necessary.
Galatians 5:13: “For you have been called to live in freedom, not freedom to satisfy your sinful nature, but freedom to serve one another in love”. (NLT). “Glorify God through loving service to others”. (Commentary notes NLT).
The Issue: 60-75% recidivism in the state of Georgia: Why?
- No rehabilitation programs available in prison
- Drug use and abuse at an all time high
- Minimum/poor counseling due to the volume of inmates
- Very little guidance and direction
- Little or no accountability
- Little or no guidance available upon release
The Solution: Assist the inmate with an exit plan, and set-up a support system to help these men survive and succeed!
How: Implement a structured, organized, attainable goal oriented program by marrying released returning citizens with accountability partners and churches, mutually working together very closely for a minimum of one year after release, hopefully resulting in a lifetime of authentic, prosperous relationship with God first and then everyone else. The only stipulation to this program is the released, returning citizen must have a willing desire to do whatever it takes to get it right, and stay right.
Expectations of the accountability team:
- Review each exit plan, modify if necessary
- Assist in prioritizing responsibilities
- Help schedule and manage time
- Assist with transportation if needed
- Assist with finances and budget
- Encourage the men and help them stay focused
- Meet with each candidate weekly, more if necessary to ensure their goals are materializing smoothly
Giving back to the community: Mandatory for each candidate:
- Help around your home church whenever needed
- Help other members of the congregation with any needs
- Take time to talk to troubled teens who may be struggling or are headed down the wrong road
- Help promote the “Be a Winner Program”
- Help with some of the new releases coming to the church
- Become one of God’s children, witness to others and continue to lead as the Lord guides you and asks you
Initial needs of the ministry:
- Funding for a facility that will house 50-100 men
- 5 to 10 full-time employees
- 25 to 50 volunteers
- 3 to 5 vans that will be an initial asset for transportation
- 5 to 15 AA/NA coaches
- Counselors to help with potential mental issues
- Many partnerships with churches and ministries to share resources
- Partnerships with potential employers and staffing agencies