Definition: Truth- Everything that IS. The Truth can not be altered.
Freedom equals facing and embracing the Truth.
It IS what IS
To provide to all persons who have been touched by the prison industry the opportunity to relearn the social living skills required for success in the outside world.
This process is one of education, reflection, reprogramming and responsibility.
Current and Long-Range Goals:
A substantial part of our mission is working to reunite and assist families whenever possible, and to help them reconcile if such reunion is not possible. When a man is incarcerated, he is not the only one affected; his loved ones suffer too, emotionally, financially, and socially. They also need support. This is accomplished in a variety of ways, including counseling and working with area churches to help heal and hopefully strengthen family bonds.
LONG-RANGE GOALS: Resident Programs
Vocational rehabilitation remains an important part of the process of returning to a world where reality is most often less than ideal, a means of breaking the cycle of crime and incarceration. The following are just a few examples of programs currently being developed.
Our primary long-range goal is to establish a functional working community, to effect a practical transition for each ex-offender to successfully reenter mainstream society. Learning to live with responsibility for performing useful and profitable work as well as to be fully accountable to ones' self and to others is the only basis for Living In Truth.
Creation of a small rural self sufficient community within the community will foster the atmosphere necessary to effect the desired change in the thought patterns of the ex-offender. Former prisoners will be the force and energy towards the farm's success as well as their own. They will work together on the farm and on the outside. The quality of their efforts will be self evident through the product of their work and cooperation.
Overview: Multi-housing, communal living, vegetable gardening, livestock husbandry and maintenance, outside fence and hay crews, mechanics shop, kitchen, arts and crafts, community service as well as educational opportunities in every area.
Learning a craft and marketable skills are essential in true rehabilitation. With hands-on training in hand craftsmanship, both the soul and body are reformed in the process.
our purpose & philosophy
Living in Truth was begun in 2000 by a generous behest from the estate of Carol Curry’s mother, Charlotte Kraft. She wished to support her daughter’s dream of addressing the many issues of incarceration.
Living In Truth, Inc.
was officially organized in 2001, in response to serious and pervasive social factors which contribute to perpetuating the cycle of repeated incarceration.
Operating in Searcy County, Arkansas,
Living In Truth
is working diligently toward a log-term goal to offer resident program training
in the necessary skills to lead a crime-free and productive life after incarceration.
In this rural farm setting, men will have the opportunity to live and work together to reshape their lives in a positive, empowering and spiritual manner.
The process of imprisonment, rather than rehabilitation, too often prevents the development of appropriate problem solving, interpersonal and job skills. In most cases, this makes ex-offenders more likely to return to prison than to successfully re-enter society.
Although implementation of our Resident Programs have
been necessarily delayed and deferred, Living In
Truth establishes and maintains close contact
with those who have expressed an interest in participation under the strict
guidelines. Ex-offenders are encouraged to address their personal issues as they are identified during the application and negotiation process for entry into the program.
Living In Truth
provides support and opportunity for ex-offenders to develop a program to address their spiritual, psychological, emotional and social needs during this process.
Only by identifying and addressing each participant’s destructive values can they then replace them with behaviors and approaches that lead to successful and productive lives. At Living In Truth, our goal is to replace these negatives with self respect, personal responsibility, positive interpersonal relationships, spirituality, and independence.
With our ultimate goal in view, the beautiful setting of our working farm is key to the residents’ long-term recovery. Fresh air and honest labor are just what the resident’s body, mind and soul require to heal and learn the essential social, personal, spiritual and vocational skills to live a productive life in free society.
A substantial foundational part of our programs is working to reunite and assist families whenever possible, and to help them reconcile if such reunion is not possible. When a man is incarcerated, he is not the only one affected; his loved ones suffer too, emotionally, financially, and socially. They also need support. This will be accomplished in a variety of ways, including counseling and working with area churches to help heal and hopefully to strengthen family bonds.
Another vital aspect of the ex-offender's recovery and restoration is in "giving back" to the community, in gratitude for the blessings which are bestowed through those who remain unselfish in their continuing help and support. We are continuing to develop various opportunities for these men to provide valuable services in and for our local community. These will include, in part, highway and park clean-ups, forest reclamation, recycling projects, and distribution of donated goods to community organizations and individuals. This gives the participants a chance to deal with society in a new and positive manner while having the value of their own contributions recognized and acknowledged. This is absolutely essential for true rehabilitation.
Living In Truth is about learning how fulfilling life can be when we recognize and begin to experience our own spiritual and economic potential. That becomes the motivator: the ex-offender gains confidence in becoming responsible for the successful execution of productive enterprises
They will be immersed in an environment conducive for learning the necessary skills to live and work in a cooperative and creative manner, and in turn to become positive role models to other ex-offenders. They will be assigned daily chores, including housekeeping, budgeting, and farm upkeep. They will work on their spiritual selves, parenting skills, and other aspects of their individual personal growth.
"And ye shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free."
--St. John 8:32
This site last updated on January 24, 2014 . . .WebServant:firstname.lastname@example.org