Faith Partners Prison Re-entry
Grant Recipient

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    One of the requirements for ASBPM to receive the Faith-based grant was to select four regional training cites across the nation and secure faith-based partners in those areas. Due to establishing and maintaining an effective network of faith-based partners ASBPM was quickly able to meet that requirement.

    ASBPM selected Atlanta GA, Greenville SC, Milwaukee WI, and Wheaton IL as its regional training cites for the "Train the Trainer Project."

    ASBPM would like to extend a special thanks to the following faith-based organization that partnered with ASBPM providing recruitment of trainers and hosting the workshops; Pastor Rodney Turner of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, founder of the Product of the Power Ministry of Atlanta GA.; Redemption World Outreach Church and Pastor Jerry Blassingame, Founder and Executive Director of Soteria World Outreach, Inc. and Pastor Mark Webb; Jim Kennedy of J.D. Kennedy Ministries, Inc., Darrell Bell, founder and Executive Director of Fishers of Men Outreach Ministries, Inc., Thom McMahan, Nancy DeSandre of PAN (Prison Aftercare Network), BASICS, Salvation Army of Milwaukee WI.; Karen Swanson, Director of the Institute for Prison Ministries, Billy Graham Center, Wheaton College, Manny Mills, Executive Director and Founder of Koinonia House National Ministries, Jasper Lukose Program Director.

    The Widespread Impact of the Train the Trainer Project
    ASBPM trained approximately 160 ministry leaders/trainers from seven different states representing 65 different faith-based organizations who participated in the ASBPM "train the trainer" workshops. Data collected from the ASBPM Instructor Survey indicated that 38% of the trainers were involved in church/ministries which were currently involved in both re-entry and in-prison ministry; 25% indicated that they were currently involved in in-prison ministry; 11% in re-entry; 15% indicated they were not currently involved in neither re-entry or in-prison ministry. Preliminary data from the six month follow-up indicates that 146 mentors and 22 group facilitators (biblical cognitive relapse prevention support groups have been trained by ASBPM trained instructors. The Train the Trainer workshops were evaluated by instructors in 13 areas ranging from quality of presentation, information, material, interaction, amount of new information, use of scriptures, time allotted for questions, length of training, and the workshops' effectiveness; to prepare and inspire participants to become trainers, to provide useful information, the effectiveness of speaker's delivery and overall effectiveness of the workshop. The average ratings by instructors trained were 93% for the Back to Biblical Basics Workshop (Addiction/Relapse Prevention) and 95% for the I AM My Brother's Keeper Mentoring Workshop.

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