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 [...]
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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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
For most of his adult life, Darnell Ford was in and out of prison. The way he describes it, the only time he wasn’t being arrested was when he was already incarcerated. What changed? For Darnell, the answer is simple: “Through Christ, I learned I could make better decisions.” Today Darnell works for Men of [...]
In his 25 years working in the criminal justice system, Sheriff Daron Hall has learned why the prison recidivism rate remains so high: If no one is at the door to meet an inmate when they are released, no one should be surprised when they come back. But according to Sheriff Hall, Men of Valor [...]
Without mentors, many of the men at Men of Valor would likely not be where they are today. Through a mentoring relationship, men like Allan are learning what trust looks like. It doesn’t happen overnight, but as trust develops, the changes in a man’s life are profound. Here is Pete and Allan’s story.
To understand why we have the highest recidivism rate in the country is to understand that many former inmates are not able to find work, once released. To break this chain, it is imperative that the recently incarcerated receive the proper job training and skills to enter the workforce. Men of Valor is doing precisely [...]
Marcus Martin was once incarcerated. Today, he is an indispensable staff member of the Men of Valor Ministry and sharing the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ with the incarcerated. For his commitment and service to the ministry for the past 12 years, Marcus was recently awarded the first ever Carl Carlson award; named after the [...]