Building Individuals, Not Prisons
We believe in the power of God to change people. We help individuals with knowing who God is and how he can rebuild their lives through His Word. Forgiven Ministries strives to support successful reentry from incarceration and promote alternatives to incarceration, thus strengthening the fabric of our communities. An important step for successful reentry for formerly incarcerated individuals is building relationships. However, the difference between prison relationships and making friends in society is pretty extreme!
We believe that with greater understanding on both sides we can improve transitions by recognizing and addressing the challenges. Formerly incarcerated individuals and people who have never been to prison will understandably struggle with offering trust to each other. Some people will want to try to build a relationship with a formerly incarcerated individual and find they just can’t. Their fear is too strong, and everyone must respect that.
But for most people, starting a relationship with a formerly incarcerated individual - whether socially or at work – is like any other relationship. We learn about others while we learn about ourselves. As in our other relationships, trust is created little by little as we become more comfortable with ourselves, with the other person, and the environment we share
when we meet.