On March 4, representatives from New Hope UMC, St. Mark's (Lima), Rockport UMC, Gilboa UMC, Leipsic UMC, Perry UMC, Westminster UMC, Douglasville UMC, and Westminster UMC went 'All In' at a Life Builders information session. Hosted by Gilboa UMC, the group learned about the impact Life Builders, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction’s Faith-Based Mentoring Program, is having across the state. Presented by ODRC's Faith-Based Initiatives Coordinator Gary Croft, participants heard life-changing stories and examples of creative community-building done by other Life Builder groups.
All In Community sees Life Builders as a next step opportunity to go deeper into relationship with our incarcerated brothers and sisters. Mentors spend six months investing in the lives of ODRC residents. Twice a month, mentors help their mentee develop and achieve goals as the Life Builder mentoring group builds community inside the institution. After the six-month period, mentors may become “reentry mentors on record” for their mentee, or they may decide to mentor another incarcerated person. Mentees are often individuals who have no family support on the outside.
The Northwest Plains District will be sending a group of male Life Builders to Allen-Oakwood Correctional and a group of women to the Ohio Reformatory for Women in May. Interested in going deeper? There is still time to join one of these teams. NWP Life Builders Mentor Training will be held on Saturday, April 1, at St. Mark's UMC from 10am-12pm. To participate, contact All In Community Consultant Reba Collins at allincommunity [at] wocumc.org.