New Board Member at TFM

TFM joyfully welcomes Jeff Stinson as our newest board member. Jeff has been Director of Research with Cleveland Research since 2013 and COO since 2015. Prior to his role as Director of Research, he spent 18 years as a senior research analyst covering the retail industry, including department stores, discounters, clubs, and dollar stores. He was one of the 43 founding partners of Cleveland Research in 2006.

Jeff received a BBA from The College of William & Mary and an MBA from Case Western Reserve. He lives in Chagrin Falls, Ohio with his wife Alissa and their three children. They attend Holy Angels Church in Bainbridge where he and his wife lead the Couples Ministry. He has served on the boards of the Chagrin Athletic Association, Chagrin Men’s Fellowship, and Catapult Ministries.

We are so thankful for this brother in Christ who has a passion for the Gospel and for the people we are blessed to serve in Northeast Ohio.

Family Days at Grafton Correctional Institution

Visiting an incarcerated loved one can be intimidating, especially for children. Dressed in prison attire with security guards standing by, prisoner parents may seem unapproachable. To create a more hospitable environment, True Freedom Ministries recently sponsored two Family Days at Grafton Correctional Institution. 150 inmates were permitted to have children and grandchildren spend the day with them participating in fun-filled activities. We hosted a puppet show, pumpkin painting, games, and food. GCI Deputy Warden Gillece expressed deep appreciation for all that TFM did to make this a meaningful time for inmates and their families.

Your faithful giving of time, talent, and money allows us to love our clients and their families with the love Jesus pours out on us. Such love brings about transformation.

Hope through ALPHA

With great anticipation and the resounding clapping of hands, inmates at Northeast Reintegration Center warmly greet TF Women’s Chaplain, Rae Borders, facilitator of the ALPHA course. Why such a sense of expectation? They have come to learn of Jesus, light of the world, the One who sets the prisoner free! Here is what inmates are saying about the ALPHA course:

“God is so real in my life anymore, and it is because people like you care for our souls.”

“God has sent you all to us. I now know that I can go to my Bible for instructions to live and that it is not my way but God’s way.”

“The Alpha Course has helped me to have a real relationship with God. Thank you for opening up my eyes to a new life that is better than anything I have ever known. I talk to my family and friends, hoping that they can be changed like me.”

The ALPHA course provides a basic introduction to Christianity. Over the past 5 years, God has changed many lives through TF’s use of this helpful teaching tool currently running in nine prisons spread across Northeast Ohio. Thank you, TF partners, for giving to the Lord so we can share His hope with the hopeless.