It was great to have John McGough (US Dept. of Health and Human Services), Captain Michael King (SAMHSA Regional Administrator), & Deric Gilliard (US Dept. of Health and Human Services) of the White House Administration visit FOCUS Ministries Reentry Programs this week.
There is much happening in Knoxville that gives us hope we are moving the needle toward change. It is true that "you may have had a past, but you can definitely have a future. We believe in Second Chances!" #FOCUSfam
Let me tell you the story of Courtney. Courtney grew up in a good home with loving parents. However negative influences and a series of bad choices led Courtney into a life of addiction and eventually incarceration.
While in the FOCUS program at jail, Courtney learned of the hope of Christ. This hope propelled her into a life of purpose and meaning. She could not wait to be released and one day reunited with her son. The FOCUS HOPE House became the next step in her journey home.
During her first three months at the HOPE House, Courtney made great strides. She replaced her lost state ID, social security card, and birth certificate. She attended weekly 12-step and intensive outpatient programming. She applied for many jobs before landing one at a department store by the house. She even started attending a local church with a volunteer mentor she met while in jail.
In a matter of months, Courtney went to a lot of places. Each step of the way, FOCUS staffers were there with her. In fact, all of the places Courtney had to go, a FOCUS van was involved. Without the FOCUS van and driver, Courtney would have been on her own to find rides to each of her transition plan appointments; without a driver’s license or vehicle.
Courtney is one of many students that FOCUS serves in this specific way because we believe supportive transportation is essential for true successful reentry.
However, our van fleet is mere miles from the graveyard. Therefore FOCUS is initiating the FOCUS Fleet Program. Our end of year giving goal is to raise $6,000 toward a new van through the University of Tennessee Van Fleet program. As our women’s program expands in 2020, this van is a must.
During this season of giving, would you please consider giving to this great cause. We can not accomplish this mission on our own, your gift is needed! Thank you in advance for your prayers and continued support.
Hear Dontrelle's Testimonial about KLF & FOCUS workforce employability course.
The next class starts Dec 3rd! We can use your help getting the word out. Can you think of a person or two and have them call (865) 694-3837 so we can help get them started?
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It was a such a blessing to see Dean and Darrin graduate from the Men's New Beginnings Reentry Program on Thursday. Dean and Darrin have spent the last nine months growing in the Lord and being stellar examples for the FOCUS reentry program community.
Remember, the 5 Levels of the MENS Program follow this pattern from Hebrews 1 & 2:
1) Eyes on Jesus -- the author and completion of our faith
2) Surrender -- the sins that easily entangles us
3) Endurance -- is needed in the race to which Jesus calls us
4) Sacrifice -- will be mandatory to succeed in the plans God has for you
5) Victory -- is for those that run the race well and complete the course
FOCUS and many other volunteers had the privilege of praying and encouraging Dean and Darrin's future steps beyond the FOCUS program. If you would still like to give these men a gift card or a special present, please click the button below and let us know.
To God be the Glory!!
FOCUS Ministries is pleased to recognize Common Grounds Landscape Management of Knoxville for their sponsorship of the FOCUS on FREEDOM Breakfast Thursday, November 7th at the Bridgewater Place.
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FOCUS Ministries receives funds through the department of mental health and substance abuse services.
Mailing: PO Box 27274, Knoxville, TN 37927
Office: 815 N. Broadway St., Knoxville, TN 37917