Circle of Freedom
One of the biggest challenges that people released from prison face is the lack of options and support, even when they clearly want to correct their way of life. Former inmates are often discriminated against, job opportunities are limited, and it is not surprising that many go back to their past behavior. Assemblies of God missionaries recognize the need, and they started several homes for those struggling with different addictions. They provide counseling, teaching and prayers, which is often sufficient to prevent former inmates from reoffending.
- In Iowa, Circle of Freedom began as a jail Bible study program in 2012.
- In her youth, Teresa Luncsford experienced multiple pregnancies, homelessness, addiction and prison.
- Circle of Freedom bought a building that was once a school, and it still needs extensive renovations.
“Opening a women’s home has been a dream of Crawford’s for a long time. She felt a calling to work full time with women struggling with addiction. After 35 years of working for the USDA Farm Service Agency, Crawford is in the process of opening the residential home for women.”
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