To stop the revolving doors of recidivism in our prisons, by introducing redemption, reconciliation and re-entry to those incarcerated so they return to society and become productive, law-abiding, tax-paying citizens.
Our planning stage begins at least 1-2 years inside the prisons helping those who are coming back to Charleston SC. The relationships are established with our participants so the mentoring part is rooted in openness and accountability so when they are released they know they have people behind them regardless of the challenges
Our strategy is to develop strong relationships with local churches, businesses and officials so they also play a part in bridging the gap to create a network of accountability which will reduce the recidivism rate greatly. The strategy consists of focusing on transitional housing, employment and mentoring for up to one year after our participants are released.
The results speak for themselves. Tim has been pro-active since he was released in 2002 helping establish re entry initiatives across the state of SC with Supreme Court Justice EC Burnett and many others who share the vision of seeing the captive set free ! Above is an example of Justice Burnett meeting one of our residents outside and helping him find his place.
At FreshStart Visions, we believe it is much more effective to collaborate with each community within which we establish a beachhead. To build Kingdom synergy and work together gives all our men/women being released a greater opportunity to connect with a more diverse group of individuals such as local partners in Charleston SC.
Some of our more active partners are St Michaels Church, The Jubilee Market, Metanoia CDC, Faith Assembly, Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey and Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg. Many other organizations are showing a desire to help our participants come back and become law abiding, tax paying citizens.