Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead
The grand opening of the new administrative offices of Doors of Hope last month provided a wonderful opportunity to honor and recognize the outstanding volunteer service of a few of the many remarkable individuals who are the lifeblood of our organization.
The donors – Many of the services and goods that we provide to those we serve are the result of individual donations. While our housing initiatives and part of the new building are funded through grants, we cannot express our gratitude enough for the monetary contributions of community partners and private citizens that pay the bills and help us meet the real-life goals of the people who rely on Doors of Hope. Whether it is a one-time donation or a monthly contribution from your checking account, every penny that comes in is put toward offering better, more enhanced services to clients.
The Board of Directors – The Board is comprised of local professionals who volunteer their expertise in areas of finance, budgeting, grant administration, education, public awareness, fundraising, special events, as well as hands-on daily operations. The Board meets quarterly to plan and make budgetary, administrative, and policy/procedural decisions regarding the organization.
The instructors – By design, the Doors of Hope curriculum is administered in classes conducted at the Rutherford County Correctional Work Center and the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center. Materials are reviewed and discussed on a weekly basis, and upon completion of the curriculum, a certificate is awarded at a graduation ceremony. Not all clients who are served come directly from an incarceration setting. No matter how a person comes into services, each man and woman is expected to learn the curriculum.
The counselors – Doors of Hope is now able to offer a variety of counseling services, including: individual/family, budgeting, nutrition, career/resume building, and educational planning/financial aid.
L.I.F.E. Program and Project Braveheart – The Living in Freedom Every day (L.I.F.E.) Program and Project Braveheart are the real-life application of the Doors of Hope curriculum. In this phase where clients really begin to live a new way of life, mentors work with them to define goals, stay in compliance with legal requirements, identify community resources, and become accountable to themselves and to the people with whom they share daily life.
Transportation – Possibly the greatest and most constant need that Doors of Hope clients experience (as many of them have lost their driving privileges), is the need to get from Point A to Point B to do what is expected of them. While learning and navigating public transportation is encouraged, often hours of employment do not fall within the hours that public transportation is available. Client transportation needs can include anything from getting to work or a recovery meeting to getting to a medical or legal appointment and the grocery store.
The correspondents – We need more! Simple as that. Whether you choose to be a “godmother” to an incarcerated female or a “mentor” to an incarcerated male, correspondents simply write weekly letters of encouragement and commit to daily prayer, which was an absolute game-changer for this client.
The clients – The culmination of all of this volunteerism occurs when clients, themselves, become volunteers. We are godmothers. We are Board members. We offer transportation. We are accountability partners. We are that small group of thoughtful, committed citizens who are changing the world, and we want to thank every volunteer who has been and continues to be a part of our journey.
Our wish list – Doors of Hope always needs new volunteers to help us carry out our mission of changing lives for the better. And right now, the people we serve would especially benefit from those who have skills in primary care medicine and the law. Please let us know if you’re willing to donate your gifts and talents with us.
~ Solita M. ~
There’s so much to be thankful for this year for Project Braveheart! One Braveheart graduate is already very thankful for his temporary housing on the second floor of the new Doors of Hope building, and three more men who are about to be released will join him by the end of the month. As our current volunteers take on responsibility for the new housing program, we’re also thankful to the two new men who have expressed an interest in joining the teaching team. We’re thankful for the increasing numbers of men at the Rutherford County Correctional Work Center who have taken an interest in Project Braveheart. And we are perhaps most thankful for each of you who serves as a mentor.
As a group, we discuss topics each week that stimulate class members to reflect on their values, what shaped them, how values influence their attitudes and behaviors — and most importantly, how to create change in their lives by letting God re-shape their values (Romans 12:2). While a few of the men share some of their personal stories in class, most of the self-reflection occurs outside of those sessions. We find that most of the men are inspired and motivated, and yet they can also be scared and intimidated by the changes and challenges ahead. Our mentors provide one-on-one encouragement through weekly letters, along with consistent prayer on behalf of these men. And class members consistently share with us how important it has been to connect with their mentors.
So thank you, above all, to our awesome mentors! And if you have any friends who would be interested in serving as mentors, we’ll need about 10 more for our new class in just a few weeks. Have them email email@example.com to learn more.
If you can serve as a mentor, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Doors of Hope helps Men! Join our mentor team or to find out more about our efforts.
Contact: Michael Jordan, 615-545-8330 or Email – email@example.com
Doors of Hope is excited to announce our new location at 428 East Bell Street! .