OUR INVOLVEMENT

The following are some highlights of programs and activities that Tanya and Charlie  have been involved in.

  • Learning to Live Integrity Curriculum, faith based life skills programs in the men’s minimum and women’s minimum and medium security facilities. 

  • Tanya and Charlie  facilitated a Fathers Behind Bars (Inside Out Dads) program  at the men's minimum facility

  • Weekly Bible studies at the men's minimum facility.

  • Weekly showing at the women's prison, DVD's of the broadcast Free Indeed and Bible studies.

  • Job Readiness classes conducted in the ACI minimum security prison and at The Blessing Way reentry agency on the outside.

  • Former team members at the ACI for interfaith based programming inside and outside the prison system.

  • Guest speakers and trainers in over 30 churches from all New England states and many churches in New York City.  (Training for certification, awareness events, emphasis days, and rallies). 

  • Guest speakers at The Rhode Island Reentry Summit, the University of Connecticut (UCONN)  Roger Williams University, and a Community Services event at Stanford Connecticut.

  • Tanya was a mentor (Open Doors Second Chance Mentoring Program ) for five years  to a women who was previously incarcerated, visiting her on the inside and giving support to her and family members on the outside.

  • We created a Interfaith Prison Ministry training manual from various sources that can be downloaded from the Atlantic Union Conference website. The contents include chapters on Starting a Prison Ministry, Training for the Jail or Prison, Manipulation, Volunteer Services and Support, Starting a Reentry ministry, and Writing Letters (Pen-Pal Program)

  • Participate in Connecticut reentry monthly roundtables.

  • Organizing a non-profit organization called "A New Start" which is a faith based organization that promotes a holistic Approach to: Reentry, Recovery, and Renewal. 

  • We have given multiple presentations with healthy food samples at a group called Homecomers (Anchor Recovery) which consists of previously incarcerated men and women who are in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.

  • "A New Start" reentry presentation to a group of pastor's spouses.

  • Prison Ministry presentation to the Atlantic Union Conference Executive committee.

  • Our churches and member's families continue to provide hundreds of pounds of men’s and women’s clothes to the prison, homeless shelters, and families.

  • Provision of backpacks that include toiletries, list of service providers, emergency numbers, Bibles and church contact information to women being released to homelessness. 

  • Training for writing letters to inmates, emphasizing the strict guidelines: the do's and the don'ts of a pen-pal program.