Featured at the Northeast Ohio Re-entry Summit

On April 21st, Mike Swiger had the privilege of delivering the final address at the Northeast Ohio Reentry Summit held at the Cleveland Convention Center, receiving a standing ovation. Over 250 potential employers, city and county officials, and administrators from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction participated in this summit.

With 3,000 inmates released every year to Cleveland alone and 2,500 still unemployed after one year, unemployment is a serious issue for ex-convicts.  Employment opportunities and strategies to give former inmates a second chance were discussed in detail.

Please visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/TrueFreedomOhio to see Mike Swiger, our Executive Director, deliver the final remarks.  

By God’s grace, True Freedom has found great favor with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.  We praise the Lord that we are frequently asked to speak at various summits across the state.  Please pray that God would use every opportunity to bring forth fruit for His Kingdom.

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Kitchen Under Construction

Construction is underway for the Emil and Sandy Pocisk Homeless Kitchen at True Freedom Ministry headquarters on Cypress Avenue!  In the ministry initiated by her late husband Emil, Sandy has faithfully served the homeless for 23 straight years, never missing a Saturday for any reason. Thank you to all who gave so generously to make this happen.  This kitchen will be used to provide meals for the homeless, those getting out of prison, and our addiction recovery clients.  

We are excited to be expanding our programming to include additional addiction recovery services, basic finance and computer literacy classes, and other educational opportunities at our new location.  For the first time we will also be inviting and transporting men and women from Cleveland homeless shelters to participate in all we offer at headquarters.  Lord willing, the kitchen will be completed the week of June 19th.  May God be greatly glorified as we feed these men and women and present the Bread of Life to their hungry souls.

Save the Date – Open House and Building Dedication Service

Please join us on Sunday, June 25, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., at 2005 Cypress Avenue, as we celebrate and dedicate the new building the Lord has provided. Enjoy the food, fun, and fellowship, culminating in a prayerful dedication service at 6:00 p.m.

Mike Swiger to speak on TCT Network

Brothers and Sisters, we praise the Lord that He has opened the door for Mike Swiger to speak on the TCT Network. It will air tomorrow, Tuesday June 13th at 6:30 pm and then nationally Saturday, June 17th. Please pray for Mike that Christ would be exalted during the broadcast.

1st Graduating Class

1st graduating class and instructors. Back row center is Todd Ishee, Deputy Director, Ohio Department of Corrections

In 2016 the administration at Grafton Correctional asked True Freedom to conduct character development classes to the men at the Grafton Reintegration Center (GRC).  On April 24th, 2017, a group of forty men began an intensive forty-five-week program based on the book of Proverbs.  These men met weekly for one hour to discuss each character trait with a True Freedom facilitator.  Then, during the week, they evaluated their own progress through self-reflection.  They shared these results with the small group in meaningful discussions the following week.  

True Freedom provided a sit down banquet for the graduates.

Because of the success of this program, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction is now requiring all re-entry center inmates to take True Freedom’s course as a condition of their continued placement at a reintegration center.  Since rolling out this program at Grafton Reintegration Center, we are now offering this program at Richland Correctional, Trumbull Correctional, Cuyahoga Hills Juvenile Prison, and will soon launch at Lake Erie Correctional.

Each graduate received a personalized diploma from La Red publisher.

Administrators are seeing results and want us to offer even more sections of this course at their facilities.  God is opening doors for His word to change lives through True Freedom.  We praise the Lord for this opportunity.  

Please consider giving this month so we can accomplish the goal of offering this course throughout the state of Ohio.