Pub Theology is a regular dialogue group that talks about faith, our community and creating the common good! This week, for a special Dreamwerk event, we host Light Walker for another round at The Arsenal Church!
Recidivism is one of the most fundamental concepts in criminal justice. It refers to a person’s relapse into criminal behavior, often after the person receives sanctions or undergoes intervention for a previous crime.
Freed Texas aims to enroll an inaugural class of ten FREED Scholars. As they expand, they will hire and train more staff, conduct multiple focus groups, and identify faith-based partnerships. This year they will build the structure that will carry our mission into the next decade. Learn more at https://freedtexas.org/
Light Walker, the founder and director of Freed Texas, was once formerly incarcerated, but has been set free and delivered for over 8 years from imprisonment and addiction. It was through her years of overcoming so many prison system barriers, personal healing through education, and her strong faith in God that Leonora believed that her past didn’t need to dictate her future in a negative way. Leonora realized that her lived experiences can help many people overcome hopelessness through compassion and her expertise in supporting justice involved people.
Light extends a helping hand to the formerly incarcerated and their families through education, employment, peer mentoring, life coaching, civics and spiritual support. This is accomplished through a nine-week series called Turning Point followed by 12 months of customized support. FREED participants, referred to as Scholars, receive a stipend of $15 per hour during the nine weeks, as well as cell phones, laptops and school supplies. Leonora believes that the formerly incarcerated can successfully and permanently free themselves through education: a foundation that no one can take away!