By the time James turned 18, he was a drug addict staring at a 25-year prison sentence for a homicide conviction. James’ parents describe their son’s addiction to a big mountain impossible to move. Jesus tells us that if we have faith the size of a mustard seed we can move mountains. When James [...]
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HIGHLIGHTS from the 2018 Men of Valor Criminal Justice Reform Symposium. Men of Valor hosted a Criminal Justice Reform Symposium on February 21, 2018. Keynote speaker Governor Matt Bevin of Kentucky, as well as a panel discussion moderated by Vikrant Reddy of Charles Koch Institute. Panelists included: - Sheriff Daron Hall, Davidson County [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]