This Giving Tuesday Help True Freedom Make An Impact

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” -Mathew 25:35, 36

Thank you so much for your support this year.  Your partnership is vital to the rapid growth of True Freedom.  Below are a few highlights through the end of October 2016:

 

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• 4,468 professions of faith in prisons and jails
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• Hired and placed three chaplains at the Juvenile Justice Center in Cuyahoga County

 

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• Fifteen young men were baptized at the new facility
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• 2,704 people attended our addiction recovery programming and 120 made professions of faith

 

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• With over 20,000 homeless people in Cleveland, by the end of October our Homeless Ministry had already fed 12,973 hot meals to those living on the streets
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• 124 people made professions of faith on the streets

 

And we still have two months to go!

As we head into 2017, we are faced with two big financial needs: 

Firstly, with 8 opioid overdose deaths per day in Ohio, our desire is to have our new building renovations completed, so we can combat this epidemic by providing programming and crisis counseling 7 days per week.

Secondly, in January of 2017, we will launch True Freedom Enterprises, a program that will allow us to transport
inmates, who are one year prior to release, to outside employers.  In this context each inmate will work to gain real-world experience and begin saving resources to help fund his/her own re-entry. This will reduce recidivism and make our communities safer. By God’s grace, True Freedom is making a daily impact in the lives of inmates.

Would you prayerfully consider making a special year-end donation to help us retrofit our building, launch True Freedom Enterprises, and continue our efforts in helping the broken in Cleveland?

Donate Now

 

Mike Swiger
Executive Director

 

Chaplain Rae Borders is Making a Difference

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Praise the Lord for the work He is doing through Rae Borders! Rae serves as one of True Freedom’s chaplains at the Juvenile Justice Center. She has recently been asked by Jeff Bertram, from the Northeast Reintegration Center, to be the keynote speaker at the Volunteer Appreciation Meeting on November 30, 2016. The topic is, “Why volunteering is a form of leadership, and why it is so important in our community’.
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Fall Fundraiser Resounding Success

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Left to Right: Malisse Sinito, Inmate Demetrius Lewis, Frank Sinito, Rocky and Toni Zito

The focus of this year’s fundraising banquet on October 15th differed from year’s past — expose the ministry to a new crowd of like-minded individuals. God blessed this effort, as over 80 first-time attendees added to the capacity crowd in the elegant banquet room at Lockkeepers restaurant.

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True Freedom Leading the Way in Re-entry Housing

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Ohio Department of Corrections Director, Gary Mohr, invited True Freedom’s Chairman and Executive Director, Frank Sinito and Mike Swiger, to a private meeting to discuss revolutionizing the way Re-Entry housing is performed in the State of Ohio.  With over 20,000 prisoners returning to communities across the state every year, there simply is not enough quality housing available.  The discussion centered on looking at the problem radically differently, with the tone of the meeting set by a question asked by Dalton Foundation Chairman, Ray Dalton, “Are we trying to help them transition out of prison or into society?”

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