New Beginnings aims to stop the cycle of recidivism by providing reentrants with a consistent structure of accountability, encouragement and spiritual support.
Research shows that community support during the first 6 months after individuals are released from jail or prison is critical to their success. We have expanded our mission to provide people getting out of jail with a supportive group that will come alongside them in their reentry into the community. Restoration Groups will be made up of volunteers who serve as mentors and role models which provide emotional and spiritual support to formerly incarcerated individuals during weekly meetings.
Dennis Noonan is our Community Outreach Coordinator who is directing this effort. As coordinator, he will be reaching out to area churches to gauge their interest in forming a Restoration Team. He will then follow up with all interested parties and
schedule volunteer training. The chaplain will identify potential program participants, called a Core Team Member (CTM), and forwarded to the coordinator.
The coordinator will match Core Team Members up with a Restoration Team. The group will meet weekly to share struggles. successes and everything in between. Together they will set goals, pray, cry, and laugh.
Join a Restoration Team
People interested in becoming a member of a restoration team can expect the following training and support:
A two-hour training session.
Monthly check-in with the coordinator.
Come from a variety of backgrounds.
Work collaboratively to maintain spiritual health while facing the challenges of reentry.
Make a commitment to meet for at once a week for 1-1.5 hour meeting each week for 6 months (groups can elect to renew for another 6 months).
Develop lessons and work with learner-selected materials.
Are willing to abide by rules and expectations of the New Beginnings program.