I find it’s so easy to fall into the trap of judging people based on their appearance and location, particularly when someone serving time in prison. The court and judicial processes have already done the judging! So, what’s left for us to do? Now that the dust has settled and the offender finds himself/herself alone in prison cell with untold hours to fill by signing up for opportunities to earn a small wage while in prison, go to school (many times to complete their grade 12), attend one of the prescribed programs, etc. Most of them have lots of time to read and reflect, but sadly; most of it the reflection is done in isolation and with very hardly input from the “outside” world.
Now, this is where the M2/W2 Mentorship Program comes in and offers offenders the opportunity to engage in a long-term meaningful one-on-one friendship with a Christian volunteer. Our volunteers serve as accountability partners and confidants to help offenders process their past offenses, learn new life skills and work towards positive change in themselves.