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Jobs for Life-Richmond City Jail

“I was in prison and you came to visit me… I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”

Matthew 25:36, 40

Hey, friends! We have EXCITING news to deliver! God has shown us favor in the city jail. He opened doors in the fall of 2015 for us to enter into the Richmond City Justice Center with Jobs for Life, a biblically based job preparation and life skills training program. We had our first graduation on December 17th!  And, we will continue to make regular visits to continue to encourage these men in the job search and in their walk with or toward Christ. Meet our first 9 graduates!

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Andre, Cary,  Terrence, Rafphy, Ramon, Lynwood, Pavel, Tyrone, Iya

And – Andre was the first to get a job through work release after graduation and starts on Monday, 1/4.  Happy New Year, Andre! His letter to Marti Williams, the Site Leader and Into The Neighborhood co-founder is pictured below.

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Now, we will be going back to hold 2 classes this winter. And we need YOUR help!

  • One class for 10 women starting on 1/14/2016.
  • One class for 10 men starting on 1/21/2016.

Please pray for us as we enter into this new season. God is on the move. As we sought the advice of the 9 men in our current class, they literally told us to not stop talking about God. They knew that this class is different from all the other classes they have gone through because they felt the genuine love of the Father through our champions/mentors, instructors and other volunteers. It’s been life-changing for us all. Scripture has come alive to them as the weeks have gone by.

This has been a joint effort of countless people from many churches! All coming together to serve those who are imprisoned. We would love you and your church to be a part of it!

Our Fall 2015 volunteers came from a long list of churches. Someone once said “The best welfare person in a job.” Come help us provide dignity through work by joining us as a volunteer.

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Spring Run Presbyterian, Hope Church, Arise RVA, Life Transformation Church, St Giles Church, New Life Empowerment Temple, & Commonwealth Chapel to name some churches represented.

If you think someone you know is interested in participating in this program, please forward this email to them!

Here are a few details…

VOLUNTEER NEEDS:  

— CHAMPIONS:

We are looking for male and female champions that would be willing to sacrifice some time to mentor 10 motivated men and 10 motivated women who are part of the REAL program in the Richmond City Justice Center.  We are meeting 2x a week – Monday and Thursday from approximately 4-7pm.  Because we are going inside the jail there are a variety of restrictions that present us some challenges, but nothing we can’t get through!  In an IDEAL world, we would love to have 10 male champions and 10 female champions who could be there for every session, but we realize that is asking a lot.  So, we are asking for each champion to commit to at least 1 night a week.  We will need to have 15-20 champions to be sure we have 10 each night.

  • Contact Marti at m3w@me.com if interested in being a champion in the men’s class.
  • Contact Crystal Rivera at riverahu@gmail.com if interested in being a champion for the women’s class.

— INSTRUCTORS:

We are also looking for instructors. A facilitator’s guide is provided.  It’s a mix of scripture/bible lesson and soft skills like the importance of character, community, body language, and some resume writing and interviewing skills.  We have a few instructors, but would like to be sure we have a diverse population of instructors. We hope to pull from our current list of experienced instructors, but we will have room for new volunteers. Contact John at john@johnkirwan.com if you are interested in being an instructor. Note that we are doing the classes simultaneously one week apart. So, we are asking the instructors – if at all possible – to be willing to teach both classes 2 weeks in a row.

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— ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANCE:

We could really use some assistance with administrative functions for both classes. Tracking student data online, prayer requests, etc. I am happy to help train this person. They can come into the jail, or not.

— MEALS/SNACKS:

Just as we did with the current class, we have set up a site for folks to sign up to bring snacks or a light meal. The participants have really enjoyed this part of the class, but have assured me that it isn’t the only reason they are coming! :)  We will send out another email after that is set up. No need to come to the jail, but will need to drop them off to my home or with another volunteer.  See link for details:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c45adae29a75-jobs1

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— PRAYER TEAM:

If you would like to join the prayer team, we would love to have you join us in praying the participant’s requests, the classes, and more! No need to come to the jail.

IMPORTANT NOTES TO ALL VOLUNTEERS:

  • Background checks will be required by EVERYONE who will work/volunteer in the jail. For those who have recently had one at the jail, they are good for one year. No need to do another.  There are very few limitations that would prevent folks from being able to be a part of this program.  ex. If previously incarcerated, must have been out for at least 1 year.
  • Jail Orientation is required for ALL who will work/volunteer in the jail.  This first will be held on Monday, January 11th.
  • We welcome folks who were previously incarcerated and have been restored and would be willing to share their own experiences and successes, providing hope and healing to the participants.
  • Must be willing to be there by 4:15p, with a start time of 4:30p. Leaving early is possible, but not preferred.
  • No cell phones will be allowed in the jail. And a picture ID is required to enter.
  • There are other limitations that will be shared at orientation, such as if you come in with a pen, etc. You need to be sure you leave with the pen.

— DATES:

Dates – Women Dates – Men Day Time Class
1/11 1/11 Monday 4-6pm Orientation
1/14 1/21 Thursday 4-7pm 1
1/18 1/25 Monday 4-7pm 2
1/21 1/28 Thursday 4-7pm 3
1/25 2/1 Monday 4-7pm 4
1/28 2/4 Thursday 4-7pm 5
2/1 2/8 Monday 4-7pm 6
2/4 2/11 Thursday 4-7pm 7
2/8 2/15 Monday 4-7pm 8
2/11 2/18 Thursday 4-7pm 9
2/15 2/22 Monday 4-7pm 10
2/18 2/25 Thursday 4-7pm 11
2/22 3/1 Monday 4-7pm 12
2/25 3/3 Thursday 4-7pm 13
3/1 3/7 Monday 4-7pm 14
3/3 3/10 Thursday 4-7pm 15
3/7 3/14 Monday 4-7pm 16
3/17 3/17 Thursday 9 or 1:30 Graduation

If there are ANY questions or concerns, please contact us.  We would love to chat about it.  Once you agree to participate, we will send you a copy of the background check form to complete and return.

If you want to support this work and other things we do through Into The Neighborhood and Miss Marti’s House, please support us through clicking here >> SUPPORT.

Thanks and Happy New Year!

 

UPDATE: Video on Jen

Take a look at Jen’s latest interview! She was in Virginia Beach yesterday…and will be in Richmond on Friday and Saturday.  Get your tickets here… Jen Hatmaker Speaks: Living on Mission!

Video: http://www.cbn.com/tv/3726735392001

 

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Latest News: Jen Hatmaker’s Visit to RVA

Hello, everyone! We are super excited that this day has come!  Jen Hatmaker turns 40, and her family’s show premieres tonight on HGTV at 11pm tonight! Where will you watch it? Louis and I are gathering at a friend’s house to watch it!

Happy 40th Birthday, Jen!

Jen and I have been chatting about the upcoming event….JUST 8 DAYS AWAY…and she’s excited and feeling ‘as fresh as a daisy’.  Yes, friends, she’s as delightful as we would all thought she would be!

A couple of updates for you…

  • The team has been busy working on all the pesky details…making sure we have everything covered. So, if you are registered, keep a look out for additional information and details next week. The team is thrilled with all the goodness we have to offer you next week. We are so grateful for St. Giles for hosting us! What a warm and hospitable group of people to work with!
  • IMPORTANT: Ticket prices are increasing on Monday, August 11th at 10am! So…if you have been riding the fence…trying to decide or just plain procrastinating (like I often do!) you will want to make that decision and move forward before the prices increase!
  • CHANGE:  We are planning a QnA session with Jen on Saturday (we originally thought Friday night, but have had to re-work our agenda).  Be sure to give us some questions over on our FB page! Take a look…some folks have come up with some really good ones already!
  • HELP:  Will you help us get the word out by sharing with your friends, family members, neighbors, churches, etc.?  We greatly appreciate it!
  • And…lastly…please check out our sponsors below.  Honestly…we couldn’t do this without their support!  Thanks a million!

INT presents Jen

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Jen Hatmaker Speaks…

LIVING ON MISSION!

METRO Richmond, VA is under construction!

WE, the Church, are being called to rebuild it by fulfilling the mission Jesus gave us: 

Love God. Love Neighbor.

Make Disciples who Make Disciples.

Join us in welcoming Jen Hatmaker, as attendees will hear Jen speak and discuss what it means to live on that mission as an individual, as a small group or family, and as a church!  Jen’s message is NOT just for women only! GUYS – You are welcomed and encouraged!!!  Although many of her books are geared toward women, her message is for everyone who is part of the body of Christ in RVA: men, women, church leaders, young adults, singles and parents!

Location:

St. Giles Presbyterian Church
5200 Grove Avenue
Richmond, VA 23226

Weekend Schedule:

Friday  8/15   6-9:30pm

Saturday   8/16     8:30a – 1p

Saturday “Un-conference” – Attendees are encouraged to continue the dialogue following the event with new friends and old by joining them for lunch at various places throughout Richmond. More information will be provided as the date approaches.

Worship Music will be provided by our friends at:

arrabon

with

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Who is Jen Hatmaker?

Jen Hatmaker and her husband, Brandon, live in Austin, TX where they lead Austin New Church and raise their brood. They pioneered Restore Austin, connecting churches to local and global nonprofits for the spiritual and social renewal of Austin and beyond. She is the author of nine books and Bible studies, including Interrupted and 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess. Jen and Brandon have five children ~ Gavin, Sydney, Caleb; and in 2010 they added Ben and Remy from Ethiopia.

In addition…Jen Hatmakers’ family, faith, and 105-year-old farmhouse will debut on HGTV starting August 7th!  HGTV reached out to Hatmaker in June 2013, after she appeared on the Today Show. This will be a very faith-friendly cable show series over several weeks.

What is Into The Neighborhood?

Into The Neighborhood is a newly formed nonprofit Christ-centered ministry, founded by Louis and Marti Williams, based on scripture:

The Word became flesh…and moved into the neighborhood.    John 1:14 (MSG)

For more information, click here > Into The Neighborhood.

Where can I get promotional materials?

Click here for flyers and bulletin inserts:

8.5 x 11 Flyer – Click HERE
Bulletin Insert Size (2 per page) – Click HERE

Where can I get tickets?

Please Note:  Current Prices are available through August 10th. Prices will increase at 10am on August 11th and again at the door on August 15th.

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We are so grateful to our sponsors! Be sure to check them out!

Next Door Neighbor Sponsors

first things first logo

Hope-Logo2

Good Neighbor Sponsors

area 10 full logo center

curly wit designs logo

http://eco-pres.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/logo-draft.jpg

RCLI_horizontal_logo

 

Neighbor Sponsors

cpcECO_bannerlogo

m10

Dr Jassy Chiropractic and Wellness

community west

Where can I get information about sponsorship?

If you are interested in a sponsorship package please contact Marti below.

We are super excited about seeing you at St. Giles on August 15-16 and are praying for all attendees..

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Jen Hatmaker Speaks: Living on Mission!

We still have folks saying they don’t know about this… so, will you please help us out by sharing via all social media, snail mail, smoke signals, texting, tweeting, snap chatting, carrier pigeon, calling (now THAT’s a concept! who still talks on the phone???) and telling your friends about this??? AND – tell them why you are going or wish you could. She is currently NOT scheduling any more speaking engagements, so this is a real opportunity for us in RVA. Thanks for sharing!!!

INT presents Jen

presents

Jen Hatmaker Speaks…

RVA: UNDER CONSTRUCTION

LIVING ON MISSION!

 

METRO Richmond, VA is under construction!

WE, the Church, are being called to rebuild it by fulfilling the mission Jesus gave us: 

Love God. Love Neighbor.

Make Disciples who Make Disciples.

Join us in welcoming Jen Hatmaker, as 700+ attendees will hear Jen speak and discuss what it means to live on that mission as an individual, as a small group or family, and as a church!  Jen’s message is NOT just for women only! GUYS – You are welcomed and encouraged!!!  Although many of her books are geared toward women, her message is for everyone who is part of the body of Christ in RVA: men, women, church leaders, young adults, singles and parents!

Location:

St. Giles Presbyterian Church
5200 Grove Avenue
Richmond, VA 23226

Weekend Schedule:

Friday  8/15   6-9:30pm

Saturday   8/16     8:30a – 1p

Saturday “Un-conference” – Attendees are encouraged to continue the dialogue following the event with new friends and old by joining them for lunch at various places throughout Richmond. More information will be provided as the date approaches.

Worship Music will be provided by our friends at:

arrabon

with

making a melody logo

Who is Jen Hatmaker?

Jen Hatmaker and her husband, Brandon, live in Austin, TX where they lead Austin New Church and raise their brood. They pioneered Restore Austin, connecting churches to local and global nonprofits for the spiritual and social renewal of Austin and beyond. She is the author of nine books and Bible studies, including Interrupted and 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess. Jen and Brandon have five children ~ Gavin, Sydney, Caleb; and in 2010 they added Ben and Remy from Ethiopia.

In addition…Jen Hatmakers’ family, faith, and 105-year-old farmhouse will debut on HGTV starting August 7th!  HGTV reached out to Hatmaker in June 2013, after she appeared on the Today Show. This will be a very faith-friendly cable show series over several weeks.

What is Into The Neighborhood?

Into The Neighborhood is a newly formed nonprofit Christ-centered ministry, founded by Louis and Marti Williams, based on scripture:

The Word became flesh…and moved into the neighborhood.    John 1:14 (MSG)

For more information, click here > Into The Neighborhood.

Where can I get promotional materials?

Click here for flyers and bulletin inserts:

8.5 x 11 Flyer – Click HERE
Bulletin Insert Size (2 per page) – Click HERE

Where can I get tickets?

Please Note:  Current Prices are available through August 10th. Prices will increase at 10am on August 11th. 

purchase tickets

We are so grateful to our sponsors! Be sure to check them out!

Next Door Neighbor Sponsors

first things first logo

Hope-Logo2

Good Neighbor Sponsors

area 10 full logo center

curly wit designs logo

http://eco-pres.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/logo-draft.jpg

RCLI_horizontal_logo

 

Neighbor Sponsors

cpcECO_bannerlogo

m10

Dr Jassy Chiropractic and Wellness

community west

Where can I get information about sponsorship?

If you are interested in a sponsorship package please contact Marti below.

We are super excited about seeing you at St. Giles on August 15-16 and are praying for all attendees..