Celebration at Grafton Reintegration Center

Over 20 inmates completed True Freedom’s rigorous 2-year program, becoming Microsoft Office Specialists. This was the first graduating class of its kind at Grafton Reintegration Center. Your financial support enabled TFM to celebrate this significant achievement by hosting a graduation ceremony with a catered luncheon—a step up from standard prison cafeteria fare! Each graduate spent hundreds of hours training and testing to gain this certification. We praise the Lord for giving these men the grit to persevere through this challenging program.

TFM firmly believes that successful re-entry into society involves four pillars: evangelism/transformation in Christ, discipleship, mentorship, and pre-release education. Through your giving, True Freedom provides 196 programs across these pillars on a monthly basis. TFM is grateful for you!

A special thank you for the amazing generosity of the Dalton Foundation in donating the equipment for this computer lab.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine Meets With True Freedom

True Freedom was one of only two organizations selected by the Ohio Department of Corrections to meet with Ohio Attorney General and candidate for governor, Mike DeWine, during a recent visit to Cleveland. ODRC featured True Freedom for its leadership, impact, and innovation re-entry programming. True Freedom’s Executive Director, Mike Swiger, gave presentations on our proposed Pre-Release Employment Training program as well as our virtual program that is currently being delivered on the prison system’s close-circuit television system and the inmate’s hand-held devises.

Our proposed Pre-Release Employment Training will take current inmates and allow them to leave the correctional institution during the last six months of their sentences to learn a trade or a manufacturing job. The current unemployment rate for ex-offenders is 75%! We believe pre–release education is imperative to a successful re-entry and job placement. This program will help with unemployment for those formerly incarcerated and should reduce recidivism. We praise God for the opportunity to meet with Mike DeWine. Please pray that God would continue to open doors for True Freedom so that many lives might be restored.

Baptism Service at Juvenile Justice Center

On August 24th, 9 young men were baptized at the Juvenile Justice Center in Cleveland. After making first-time professions of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, they were instructed about the significance of baptism, and then they were immersed. We praise the Lord that He is using our chaplains, Mark Stradiot and Jimmie Smith, to change lives as these young men repent of their sins and surrender to the Lordship of Christ.

Please pray that these new believers will continue to grow in grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ and that God would place a hedge of protection around them.