Taking Living Free Groups Into the Community
Lifeline Connection: When Residential Treatment Isn't an Option
Lifeline Connection uses Living Free small groups as part of its ministry to those who are reasonably functional in their addictions and either cannot won't enter residential rehabilitation programs. Only 7-12% of addicts enroll in residential treatment. The majority struggle to continue to work, and keep their families together. They are often a danger to themselves and others as they drive, work, and interact in the community. These are the people Lifeline Connection helps.
Lifeline coordinates churches, law enforcement, criminal justice systems, social service agencies in a cooperative effort to address the addiction problems sweeping rural counties. There are successful Lifeline Connections operating in more than 25 counties in Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and Mississippi.
The Lifeline Connection model can be adapted to work in any community. More information is available at Lifeline Connection Website. Videos about Lifeline Connection and related ministries will be available here soon.
The Transformation Project: Sentencing Options for Drug Offenders
The Transformation Project is making a big difference in the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee as it accomplishes its mission "to make disciples of Jesus Christ by transforming the lives of addiction-related offenders and their families through the power of God, thereby reducing recidivism."
While incarcerated, candidates for the program complete the Living Free training and the Insight Group, after which they may petition the courts for release into an the Transformation Project. After release into the program, participants are required to complete Living Free's Stepping into Freedom and either Peacemaking or Anger: Our Master or Servant small groups.
Go to the Transformation Project website for more information.
Florida Integrity Training: Jail/Prison and Community-Based Transition Program
Building on the 100-hour curriculum requirements of life skills and citizenship education as identified by the Florida State Legislature, the Florida Integrity Training (FIT) Program was created on the assumption that these endeavors can best be addressed by appealing to an individual's religious values and modeling constructive behavior within that context. The Integrity Curriculum is now recognized by the Florida Department of Corrections as a faith-based provider for "gain time" (early release). Use of the curriculum has spread to also include jails, half way houses, pregnancy crisis centers, and other community-based centers.
The curriculum combines four units of material from Living Free/Turning Point and two from FIT. All units involve life skills and are designed for small group interactive sessions of two hours each.
Unit 1: Parenting (5 lessons) features 31 points in improving parenting. The lesson guides are: Parenting 101: The Basics, Dr. Don Pratt (FIT).
Unit 2: Personal Insight (9 lessons) features spiritual commitment as a basis for problem solving destructive behaviors and attitudes. Insight: Discover the Path to Christian Character, Dr. Jimmy Lee (Living Free).
Unit 3: Free to Grow (12 lessons) addresses facing the setbacks in life as a way of changing attitude and behavior. Free to Grow, Dr. Jimmy Lee (Living Free).
Unit 4: Loss and Grief (9 lessons) provides understanding about the grief process for those who have had a variety of losses. Handling Loss and Grief, Dr. Raymond Brock (Living Free).
Unit 5: Anger Management (9 lessons) deals with that universal problem that all of us have: anger. Anger: Our Master or Our Servant, Rev. Larry Heath.
Unit 6: Financial Recovery (7 lessons). This interactive lesson helps those in financial trouble pull themselves together and escape the trap of financial mismanagement. Financial Success from Scratch, Dr. Don Pratt (FIT).
The FIT Program focuses on the following:
- Train Ministry Leaders in Small-Group Facilitating
- Provide a Comprehensive Education Program for Offender Rehabilitation
- Provide Guidance for New and Existing Ministries
- Assist with the Cost of Providing Materials to Inmates