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True Freedom Ministries Executive Director, Michael Swiger received the Volunteer of the Year award at the Grafton Correctional Institution during the Volunteer Appreciation Banquet held January 23, 2013. Chaplain Ron Smith stated that he nominated Swiger “because of the quality, innovation, and scope of services and programming offered by True Freedom.”
“The ministry will implode under its growth,” said Ray Dalton, the Founder and President, of Parts Source and President of the Dalton Foundation, “Building a solid infrastructure is essential to supporting and sustaining the growing ministry.”
Dozens of Northeast Ohio churches turned out for the first official prison ministry training seminar provided by True Freedom Ministries in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections on Saturday, November 17th. Trainees came from as far as Akron/Canton to participate in this day-long, comprehensive training seminar.
No shirt, no pants, no hope. An inmate released from prison leaves the “gray bar hotel” with only what he has on: vinyl shoes fastened with Velcro and a gray sweat suit, a little thicker than a handkerchief. That’s it.