Hope Works! in the RCJC

“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 continues to show us favor in the city jail. He opened doors in the fall of 2015 for us to enter into the Richmond City Justice Center (RCJC) aka The Richmond City Jail with Jobs for Life, a biblically based job preparation and life skills training program. Nearly 70 residents have graduated out of 7 classes in the last 18 months.  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 started on Monday, 1/4/16 and continues there today!

After our first round of classes, we, as a team of volunteers, realized that we couldn’t walk away from our new friends who just happened to live in the RCJC. And they didn’t want us to leave! So, we found a way! Each week we are holding 4 discipleship groups – 1 in community custody (work release), 1 for men in The REAL Program (the RCJC’s anti-recidivism program) and 2 women’s groups. Our volunteers disciple 40-50 people through these weekly groups!

And we need YOUR help!  There are several ways you can connect!  Keep reading to learn about Jobs for Life, Life Transformation Groups and Get Clean! Bags.

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One class for 10 women starting on 10/12/2017.
One class for 10 men starting on 10/12/2017.

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 and Winter 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, Great Hope Baptist & 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!

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Life Transformation Groups

Each week we enter the RCJC to study the Word with our Jobs for Life Graduates and future participants and those who they invite.  There’s no formal teaching, video or special book to purchase…just your Bible. Each week a scripture passage is selected to read every day before the next time you meet, allowing the Holy Spirit to do the teaching.  Then, the group discusses it and what each person heard from God.

These groups are held on Monday and Thursday evenings from 5:30-7:30.  With enough volunteers, we hope to have the commitment to 1-2 times a month.  Ideally, we need a total of 20 female and 20 male volunteers.  Perfect opportunity for a small group or life group to volunteer!

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Get Clean! Bags

There are approximately 1000 men and women in the Richmond City Justice Center – RCJC. Personal hygiene items are expensive and limited for many residents. We’d like to supply GET CLEAN! bags for every resident of the RCJC. Every bag will contain personal hygiene items that are most asked for and needed by the residents.

This will make a great project for youth, clubs, sororities and fraternities, book clubs, bible studies and more!  Please sign up for the # of bags that your church, group, or club is willing to provide.

For details or to sign up, check out >>> Get Clean! Sign Up Genius

If there are ANY questions or concerns, please contact us here >>  CONTACT US!  We would love to chat about it.

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