Why it’s important for you to meet with us Friday night!
I realize that Friday
nights are crowded…sporting events, happy hour meetings, cocktail parties,
dinner parties, and a variety of other ways to celebrate TGIF. But just this
once, it’s important that you take a break from that routine.
The 27th marks
the very first time that a powerful documentary labeled BEHIND OUR WALLS will
be shown in Ottawa County. This award-winning film, produced by Nate Roels of
Grand Rapids, conveys an important message about incarceration. It'll be shown at Central Park Place in Grand Haven...the program begins at 7 PM.
It'll be shown at Central Park Place in Grand Haven...the program begins at 7 PM.
In 2015 Calvin College
(now Calvin University) and Calvin Theological Seminary teamed up to prepare a
classroom experience for a handful of prisoners at one of our state prisons in
Ionia. I’ve been in that facility. The prison system has given Calvin Prison
Initiative a classroom and a library in the Richard A. Handlon Correctional
Facility. The class size is only 20 per year, but you should know that these people
participate in legitimate, certified, college credit courses. When these
students graduate, they have a real college degree.
Radio listeners in Grand Haven
had an opportunity to hear a first-hand report about the program this week.
Mark Hartman, our new Executive Director, was not only formerly incarcerated,
but he was proud to be in the first graduating class of CPI.
I was explaining to
someone the other day how wrong I was, in an earlier life, with my views toward
cops, prosecutors and prisoners. I thought police officers and prosecuting
attorneys were always right, and that prisoners were always bad.
BEHIND OUR WALLS won’t
deal much with the wrongly convicted, those persons overly-charged, or those
persons with unfair and extreme sentences. But here’s what you’ll learn. These
people living in cages are really not that different than the people living in
your home. They laugh, they cry, they love, they enjoy a few positive experiences.
The big difference, though, is that they are alone. They are separated from
family. They struggle with loneliness. They struggle with depression. They not
only face a multitude of unique problems and emotions, but must also face the
reality that very few people really care.
That’s where you come in.
We need you to hear this
story, because we need you to join our small band of people who care.
Our goal at HUMANITY FOR PRISONERS is to relay this message to everyone behind bars: “You matter.”
Our goal, in presenting the Friday program at Central Park Place, is to add YOUR voice to that message.