Imagine if our houses of worship offered to people who have been impacted by crime and incarceration the same things we offer to people who are sick or in the hospital . . .
. . . our supportive presence . . .
. . . a listening ear . . .
. . . practical help with daily challenges . . .
. . . connections to needed resources . . .
In other words: compassionate, caring relationships.
That, in a nutshell, is what "Healing Communities" are all about.
"Healing Communities" is a national model, created by the Annie E Casey Foundation in partnership with faith leaders from across the theological spectrum, to engage congregations in the restoration and healing of their own members who have been affected by crime, whether as defendants, prisoners, victims of crime, people coming home from prison or the family members of all.
During 2012, the Lancaster County (PA) Reentry Management Organization (RMO) offered FOUR one-day training sessions in the Healing Communities model for clergy and lay leaders. We trained representatives from
* 20 congregations from across the theological spectrum, from all over Lancaster County, Lancaster City and beyond
PLUS representatives from
* 13 community agencies
But this year's trainings were only the beginning. We're gearing up to offer more trainings in 2013, and to continue to provide support, encouragement and technical assistance to the congregations that have already been trained.
To that end, we have set up a page of
If you'd like to know a bit more about Lancaster's Healing Communities initiative and the Healing Communities training, see this Healing Communities Overview
If you are interested in attending an upcoming Healing Communities Training, please contact:
Melanie G. Snyder, Executive Director, Lancaster County RMO at:
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