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Forgiveness House
Our Phase One Home

Welcome to Forgiveness House, a Transitional Living and Behavioral Health Center for men leaving incarceration

Forgiveness House assists men leaving incarceration re-enter back into the community. We provide clean, affordable housing, three meals per day, transportation, and job placement assistance, recovery services, along with morally-based learning programs which help men transition from incarceration back into society as clean living, productive citizens. Forgiveness House is truly a safe house for men forgiven for their sins and morally objectionable behavior, as you and I are forgiven. Many in our community seem not to understand this tenent of faith; it applies equally to all of God's children, including those incarcerated, or leaving incarceration. Forgiveness House exists today because God has ordained it to exist, and it is by His Hand that Forgiveness House ministers to a forsaken, forgotten, but rapidly growing segment of our society.

Working with men on their moral recovery while still incarcerated has been the impetus for opening Forgiveness House. We have been encouraging men at West Tennessee State Penitentiary (WTSP) since 2001 and Whiteville Correctional Facility (WCF) since 2009. In the years before opening Forgiveness House, we actively helped men released on parole, but for lack of a stable alternative, they returned to the old homes or old neighborhoods. Even though they had made significant moral turnarounds while in prison, these men struggled to regain their balance. The pull of old friends, old family and old ways were too much to overcome, and before long many were back in the system again. We cried "enough"! God whispered, "Forgiveness House".

Jacob's Ladder Community Service Project
Having some fun while working in the Kingdom

Forgiveness House is the logical extension to our working "inside the walls". Many of our friends and financial supporters are members of Kairos Prison Ministry who volunteer regularly to minister at WTSP. Now, as men are released from prison, Forgiveness House offers a glimmer of hope they otherwise would not have. Our reach has broadened to include men released from Whiteville Correctional and Hardeman County Correctional Facilities in Whiteville TN, Northwest Correctional Complex in Tiptonville and the Shelby County Penal Farm. We receive on average 50 requests per month and have rooms for only nine men, so the need for structured halfway homes is great. The men we accept to our program have tremendous societal barriers to overcome. Please consider a tax exempt contribution so that we can continue on our path to grow and assist more men make the transition back. Your donations are very important to us. Our monthly budget is $7500. About $1800 comes from what the men are able to pay, and we depend on contributions from friends and Church Groups for the balance. 
You have a tremendous stake in what Forgiveness House is doing. Statistics show that 2 of 3 men released from prison return to prison within 6-30 months, and upwards of 2000 men per year return to Memphis from the Federal, State and County prisons within a 90 mile radius. Our goal is that every man we accept assimilate back into life as a positive, morally centered wage earner who never again returns to prison.

First Look February 2009

Forgiveness Faze 2

In early 2009, we began the process of acquiring and renovating a second facility. Forgiveness Faze 2 is a next step house for men still needing time and structure in their lives before entering back into the community. Men can stay at Faze 2 for an additional 4-6 months, giving them a full year to re-enter the world. Transitions Halfway Ministries completed the purchase of the property in October 2009. Here are some pictures before and now as we continue to bring this former Dr's office back to life. We have replaced the Heating and Air Conditioning system, upgraded 7 former examination rooms to resident rooms, made some structural repairs to the flooring, painted and carpeted the interior, updated two bathrooms, the kitchen, fenced in the backyard, and are presently working on a new roof as you can see. Whew!  All along the way, God has been the ultimate provider of many gifts and donations, financial or "in kind", which allowed this miracle to occur before our eyes. Faze 2, once completed and dedicated by mid 2010, will nearly double our capacity to 17 beds, and will be a major improvement to the surrounding community. As for me and this house, we will serve the Lord. 

What a difference a year makes

Faze 2 May 2011

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