One Day With God is an amazing and unique event in the life of First United Methodist Church. We get to be a part of the reunification of families who have been split apart due to the incarceration. On December 5th, we will host 12-15 fathers and their children in our gym. The day will be filled with laughter, crafts, games, music and fun. Volunteer at this event and you will never be the same.
From the ODWG Website:
Our mission is to meet the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of the children of inmates, the inmates themselves, ex-inmates, and their families with the result of healing wounds inflicted by crime, redirecting lives, and restoring these individuals into the community as productive citizens, parents and family members.
Reaching, Reconciling and Restoring Lives is our purpose. By encouraging change from within the individual, we can reduce recidivism, stop the cycle of crime, avoid the waste of human capital and lessen the burden that offenders and their families place on society. Eighty percent of the children of incarcerated parents follow in the footsteps of that parent and end up in prison themselves. Preventing an at-risk child from turning to gangs, drugs, and crime is one of the most important ways to make our communities safe and productive for our children in the future.
Reconciling the inmates with their families and with God is the most promising way we see to bring about this change from within. Surrounding the inmates and their families with unconditional love from a supportive Christian community at the camps and in the follow-up programs can truly make a difference that to some would seem impossible. Forgiveness makes this reconciliation possible.
We seek to bring our programs into every state with state leaders and volunteers to carry out our mission.