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Tackling Tennessee’s recidivism rate

Raul Lopez, Executive DirectorMen of Valor America is faced with a growing moral and public safety crisis. Nationally more than two-thirds of all formerly incarcerated men are arrested again within three years after being released. The number jumps to more than 76 percent within five years of release. And while our re-arrest and [...]

TRANSFORMATION: Meaningful Employment

Being meaningfully employed is key to becoming contributing members of society. Men of Valor is helping men, like Frankie, connect with employers to find work. We are fortunate enough to have developed a relationship with Graceful Tables, a specialty linen rental company that is open to hiring the formerly incarcerated. We praise God for this [...]

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TRANSFORMATION: Defining Transformation

Scripture says that if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! We rejoice because these words are true and we have seen this play out countless times among the men we minister to. This is the true definition of transformation.


Volunteers are the lifeblood of Men of Valor. They bring hope to the hopeless and serve as a tangible reminder to the men we are ministering that they are loved by their God and Creator. But it’s not just the men that are being blessed in this relationship. Our volunteers are also growing in their [...]

TRANSFORMATION: The Love of Christ

I said, "I haven't bathed in two or three days, the clothes I have on are dirty. I probably stink, you wouldn't want to be around me." And you said, "I just want to love on you." That was Christ showing up to me. "Men of Valor has loved me when I couldn't love myself [...]

TRANSFORMATION: Discipleship & Service

The first few months after being incarcerated is critically important in determining whether the formerly incarcerated will return back to a life of prison. This is why Men of Valor works hard to create a safe housing environment for the formerly incarcerated to live and grow in their faith. Discipleship and service are important tools [...]


Did you know that it costs Tennessee’s taxpayers at least $28,000 a year to house an inmate? And with nearly 30,0000 Tennesseans in prison, this adds up to millions of dollars over the years. Unfortunately, the vicious cycle of incarceration repeats itself as research has found that 70% of all children that have at least [...]

MULTIPLY: Family Impact

What does it mean to be a man of God? What does it mean to be a husband and a father following in God’s footsteps? These are the same questions Chad Daniels was asking after turning over his life to Christ. Thanks to Men of Valor, Chad was able to be mentored and discipled by [...]

MULTIPLY: Men of Valor’s Vision

In the words of Curt Campbell, Men of Valor’s Program Director, “We are crazy excited about what God is going to do.” The simple fact is that God has blessed Men of Valor tremendously and we are thankful for His provisions. Which is why we continue to trust in the Lord courageously. Our heart desires [...]