Ministry Aims To Keep Former Inmates Out Of Jail

Posted at 7:46 PM, Sep 19, 2018

A faith-based non-profit wants inmates to get out from behind bars and stay out.

Valor Ridge will be the future home for former prisoners looking to turn their lives around.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Tuesday. The prison ministry Men of Valor is behind the duplexes in Antioch.

Development Director David Miller says up to 60 men will live on the new campus.

"The effort is to get them a job so they can get some money, so they can get back on their feet back in society," he said.

Each home houses 15 residents who will share the kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms and closet space.

Miller said the men will participate in Bible study, counseling and life skills training programs. He said the rigorous program hopes to get rid of the former felon stigma.

" Seventy percent of men that come out of prison will go back in three years. Nationally, Tennessee does a little better we like to think we are part of that. Right now, I think it’s about 51 percent will return to prison in three years," he said.

Miller says men who go through the Men of Valor program have even less of a chance making back into prison.

"The guys that go through our program and graduate, we get that down below 15 percent every year. We hope that they know Christ and they walk a straight path and become contributors to society," he said.

The Valor Ridge campus is the first phase of a multi-phase campaign to build more housing and office space to help keep former prisoners out of jail.