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Living in Freedom Newsletter

An Official Publication of Faith Freedom Life
Volume 2, Issue 3 (Nov 2022)

FALL
Dear brothers and sisters, be patient as you wait for the Lord's return. Consider the farmers who patiently wait for the rains in the fall and in the spring. They eagerly look for the valuable harvest to ripen. You, too, must be patient. Take courage, for the coming of the Lord is near.
James 5:7-8 (NLT)

 

THE WHY
 
African American women disproportionately experience the incarceration of family members, and the findings demonstrate that this experience is detrimental to mental health. Though social roles variably provide social, psychological, and economic resources to cope with familial incarceration, results show that the mental health costs of incarceration are generally consistent across role combinations. The expansive criminal justice system holds large implications for the well-being of populations at the intersection of race, gender, and social roles.  

, Familial Incarceration, Social Role Combinations, and Mental Health Among African American Women, onlinelibrary.wiley.com, First published: 15 July 2020, https://doi.org/10.1111/jomf.12699
 
Ohio Recidivism Rate
30.7%

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COMMUNITY IMPACT

Since January, 2022, we have impacted 72 people through our twice monthly Support Groups, Welcome Home Bags, Resources, and Website prayer requests.  As mentioned previously, we are blessed to be in partnership with Dion Crockett, the Reentry Program Director at St. Vincent DePaul (SVDP) were we get to provide Dion and SVDP with Welcome Home Bags for returning citizens.

A journey to healing is a path walked by FAITH in Christ, to gain true FREEDOM and experience abundant LIFE. 
 

On July 23 we hosted the Mental Illness Awareness (MIA) Block Party in Cincinnati, OH. We had amazing speakers, along with food, music, a basketball contest, and giveaways. The discussions centered around incarceration and how it can trigger and worsen symptoms of mental illness and how those effects can last long after someone leaves the prison gates. We listened to a dynamic presentation on the importance of obtaining certification in Mental Health First Aid Training. Mental illness is real and we never know when and where we can help someone. Check out the Faith Freedom Life Facebook and IG pages for more pictures and videos.
 
     
    

On September 17 Faith Freedom Life hosted and sponsored a day at Art of Becoming (AOB), facilitated by Maggie Beckjord, for support group participants.  AOB is a visual journaling/art therapy experience that takes you on a journey of self discovery in pursuit of inner healing while learning the answer to the question "Who Am I?" Faith Freedom Life will host and sponsor a day at AOB quarterly beginning January, 2023.

   
      

On October 8 we hosted the Faith Freedom Life Inaugural Fundraiser Banquet celebrating two years of service to families of the incarcerated and the community. We'd like to thank our premier donor, Karen Givens of Kare 'N' Cleaning Services LLC. The Emcee for the evening was Ashley Kirklen of WLWT Channel 5 News. The Keynote Speaker, Lucretia Bowman, VP of Recovery Services at City Gospel Mission, shared her story and gave a phenomenal word of encouragement and empowerment to inspire us as we move forward in service to YOU. The evening was a success and a God given miracle because of your overwhelming generosity and support. Check out the Faith Freedom Life Facebook and IG pages for more pictures and videos.

   
      

Do you want to learn skills for resolving differences and conflicts? Do you want to remain calm in tense and threatening situations? Do you want to listen and ask questions in ways that help defuse defensiveness; speak up in ways that help others hear and understand your point of view? On November 22 at 6:30PM we will host the Speaking the Truth in Love Workshop where you will learn these skills along with how to confront honestly and immediately, and how to deal wisely and lovingly with those who seek to manipulate you.

Faith Freedom Life will host and sponsor support group participants at Art of Becoming, facilitated by Maggie Beckjord, on January 14, 2023 from 10-1PM at College Hill Presbyterian Church, 5742 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45224.


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Anyone impacted by the world of incarceration is welcome to join our support groups.  Follow us at Faith Freedom Life on Facebook and IG for support group Zoom link information and event dates.  Also, visit our YouTube channel to hear the Support Group Video Recaps and more.  Don't forget to subscribe, like, share, and comment.
 
We need your support via monetary or in-kind donations.  Please visit www.faithfreedomlife.org/donate for more information about ways to donate, items needed, how your donations will be used, and how we honor and recognize our individual/corporate sponsors.  THANK YOU in advance for your support.

A Message to Our Donors

Look at what God has done!

Faith Freedom Life would like to extend a sincere and heartfelt THANK YOU to all our supporters who have provided monetary and in-kind donations.  You help make us successful.  We look forward to working with you all in the years to come.  TOGETHER, we can provide support services to those in need while coming alongside people in their life’s journey.


Corporate Sponsors
Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati Arts Association,
Cincinnati Zoo, City Gospel Mission, 

Kare 'N' Cleaning Services, LLC 
Kroger, Mitchell's Salon and Day Spa, 3Z


2022 Donors
Nicole Ausmer, Attorney Michael and MiChele Bezney, Attorney Kathleen Burns, Attorney Claire Combs, Jeanita Cummings,
Cheryil Denny, Karen Givens, Rev. Kevin and Angela Harrison, Ashley Kirklen, Tracy Matthews, Lee and Angela McLaughlin, Abby Minton, Rickeshia Moon, Kathy Powell, Christine O'Neill,
Attorney Kristin Upton, Attorney Paul Wenker, TaShonda
Wooten
Westwood United Methodist Women

 
**Thank you to all the donors and Facebook Fundraiser contributors who wish to remain anonymous**


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