LifeChangers Legacy Program is a prison program that helps women find their path through our specialized therapeutic interventions combined with biblical specialties program. We are a "Station of Hope" through the Department of Corrections Community Supervision Division.
Prisoners who do not engage in a faith-based program have an extremely high recidivism rate (over 60%). These offenders who are released from prison are generally re-arrested within 3 years. Those who participate in a Christ-centered evidence based program have a recidivism rate of only 8%.
Our mentor program allows you to mentor others from your own home without going into the prison. We have a great team of committed volunteers and mentors that help in the support of the many ladies within the gates, and outside the gates, those that are eager for change and guidance. There are many video testimonies, including a portion of the testimony of incredible redemption of Pamela (Winderweedle) Hillman, Founder and President. Learn more about becoming a mentor here.
There have been approximately 250+ ladies we have mentored over 5 years. Many of these ladies are in our start-up program within the gates, who we now call our “students”. Each of the students are matched with a mentor through the assessment match program.
We have a qualification system comprised of a pre-survey for prospective students to assess needs and other necessary information, which will include:
- Commitment for change of mind-set and lifestyle
- Family and personal assessment & history
- Agreement to accept program rules -should list proposed goals and expectations
- Introduction to mentor
- Incentive gifts (for each Student)
Mentors participate in email and video correspondences with students weekly. Cards and letters are sent by mentors at least by-weekly. Monthly correspondence with students’ families and their needs are encouraged and applied, where applicable.
The "I See Me Free" Incentive Workbook is a 12-month, 5-phase program (we have an outside workbook program that is 12-month, 5- phase with Technical and Business, and Etiquette training, and much more).
Each student turns in a weekly assessment from the workbook to their mentor, who after evaluating, then turns into staff to evaluate and keep on record for progressive measurements. We offer “incentives” to the program for the “students” to know that there are benefits to diligent work and efforts, in motivation for change.
After the second month in the program, students will start to earn the “incentives” attached to the workbook assessments. These incentives are motivators for them to complete their weekly work and strive for change. You meet a physical need, you plant a seed and meet a spiritual need. Incentives may include:
- Ten dollars on their books weekly (per completed weekly assessment)
- A pair of tennis shoes; OR a food or clothing package
- Any equivalent to fifty dollars quarterly
Phase 1 Foundation Phase - In Prison
- 25 – 30 students per group
- Quarterly Incentive Program Workbooks
- Lesson plans are communication, accountability, expectations & activity driven
- Student group leaders will be assigned and rotated
- Mentors are assigned
- Apply Goals & journaling
Phase 2 Training Phase - In Prison
- 25-30 students per group
- Classes are 12 weeks
- 5 Instructors and one Supervisor
- Lesson plans are activity driven, will have purpose and materials will be provided as needed.
- Student group leaders will be assigned and rotated weekly
- Mentor will remain assigned
- Continue teaching the Chebar 12 Step Program
- Classes will include:
- Mental health training
- Personal financial training
- Job coaching
- Fitness and nutrition
- Family counseling and restoration
- "Giving back" training
- Professional appearance training
- Hygiene and Etiquette
- Philosophical principles of Christ
Phase 3 Work Release Program
The Student will have a job during all or part of the day and will return to the Transition Facility at night, where they will receive further job coaching and training, as well as reviewing all that has been taught during the prior phases to help them become a productive member of society. Mentoring will continue during this time. Coaching and training topics include:
- Relapse prevention strategies (role playing and other activities)
- Reinforcing the foundation strengths and establishing a support system
- Life skills application
- Acquiring a drivers license
Phase 4 Full Release Back into Society
The student will be under parole supervision by the State. Mentoring will continue as needed and some students may be permitted to remain in the Transitional Facility and given responsibilities to mentor and instruct other students either in or out of prison.
Phase 5 After Care
Former students will continue to apply all that has been learned, by their involvement in the LifeChangers Legacy Program as an instructor and/or mentor…..and continue applying all learned skills and other programs to their lives, including “Giving Back”.