What Shall We Then Do? A Family Freedom Kit for Creating Healing Communities

Posted March 1, 2008
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
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This guide, developed in partnership with the Progressive National Baptist Convention, explains the Healing Communities model which seeks to engage congregations in the restoration and healing of their members who have been affected by crime and incarceration. The model seeks to transform hearts and minds by creating a sense of inclusion, reducing stigma and shame, and building networks of support that start in houses of worship and expand to the community at large.

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Expanding the Circle of Healing

Beyond ministering to those in prison, churches can help reduce the stigma and shame of being involved in a criminal case, or having a family member arrested and imprisoned. By creating a welcoming and healing environment, congregations can help their own members who are accused of crimes, incarcerated, or coming home from prison; their families; the victims of crime and their families; and the larger community.