Prisoner Re-Entry - National Awards Recognition
Tomoka Volunteer Kyle McQuillen honored as Florida Department of Corrections Volunteer of the Year
At the DOC Volunteer Appreciation event, Kyle McQuillen, who serves as Horizon's Transition Coordinator, was honored with the Florida Department of Corrections Volunteer of the Year Award. Kyle's humble, effective and pastoral presence has been a blessing not just to the 132 men in the Horizon programs, but to the administrative staff at Tomoka (top to bottom) as well as everyone he encounters from the gate to the dorm. The award was well deserved as he has contributed to the betterment of this prison and Horizon programs in ways far too numerous to name. The warden had very kind things to say of him, and we, too, stand in awe of his gifts dedicated to restorative justice and the work of Horizon.
Presented to Reverend Kyle McQuillen
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR 2009-2010
In Recognition for Your Overwhelming Dedication and Commitment to Tomoka Correctional Institution and the Horizon Program
"I was in prison and you came to visit me." Matthew 25:26
HORIZON PROGRAM HONORED WITH 2007 GOVERNOR’S CRIMINAL JUSTICE VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD
May 24, 2007
(AUSTIN) – Horizon Communities, Corp. of Vernon was honored with the Governor’s 2007 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award today in recognition of their dedication to providing faith-based programming to inmates incarcerated within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
The award was presented to representatives of the program by Christina Melton Crain, Chairman of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice, and TDCJ Executive Director Brad Livingston during a ceremony held in Austin. Horizon Communities is among 6 organizations and 13 individuals from across the state recognized for their efforts to help inmates and those who are on parole or probation.
Horizon Communities in Prisons is a yearlong, faith-based residential program based in TDCJ’s Allred Unit in Iowa Park. The 5-year-old program is led by 30 volunteers who offer counseling and education in citizenship, employability and personal and family responsibility.
“Our volunteers live in Wichita Falls and the surrounding areas of Iowa Park, Burkburnett and Vernon,” said Judy Taylor, Community Resource Manager for Horizon Community. “The volunteers come to share their faith in God, and help the offenders realize that God does love them.
“The volunteers will tell you that they receive a bigger blessing than the one they give,” she added. “They come to listen with an open heart and help the offenders grow in their relationship with God, their families and others.”
Horizon Communities volunteers lead offenders in organized programming three nights each week, focusing on spiritual growth, mentoring and rehabilitation. Two additional evenings are spent in small group gatherings and participating in a community night.
In addition to its program at the Allred Unit, Horizon Communities also has established faith-based residential programs in Florida, Ohio and Oklahoma.
Recognition in National Publications
Caliber Associates Research of Virginia has released their Brief #3 evaluating the pre-release and post-release effects of the faith-based Horizon Program for the Administration on Children and Families of the US Department of Health and Human Services.
To view or download the report, Rediscovering Compassion http://peerta.acf.hhs.gov/policies/family.htm#incarceration
The first two briefs are Promising Pathways to Prisoner Reintegration and Prisoner Reentry, Religion and Research.
NATIONAL CRIME PREVENTION COUNCIL
Horizon Communities in Prison is one of fifty programs featured by The National Crime Prevention Council http://www.ncpc.org in their recently published report: Faith Community and Criminal Justice Collaboration: A Collection of Effective Programs
Faith Community and Criminal Justice Collaboration: A Collection of Effective Programs looks at how people of faith work with or in criminal justice institutions to reconcile, restore, and nurture individuals back into families and communities. You'll read about people of faith serving across the entire criminal justice spectrum, from alternative programs for juveniles to support services for newly released ex-offenders.
This 89-page book is provided in Adobe PDF format.
Corrections and Rehabilitation -- Faith Community and Criminal Justice Collaboration (124 KB PDF)
Horizon was selected because it promotes the value and utility of partnerships with faith-based organizations among the criminal justice community.
FASTEN is a collaborative initiative of the Pew Charitable Trusts working in partnership with Hudson Institute's Faith in Communities Initiative, Baylor University's School of Social Work, The National Crime Prevention Council's Center for Faith and Service, and Harvard University's Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations. FASTEN's mission is to strengthen and support faith-based social services, especially in distressed urban communities throughout the United States. Please visit the FASTEN website at www.fastennetwork.org to learn more about this honor.
MY BROTHER'S KEEPER, by Jonathan Burnside
Praises Horizon: Lord Woolf, the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales (and the country's most senior judge) has endorsed the book "My Brother's Keeper" by Jonathan Burnside, with the following high praise for Horizon. Lord Woolf writes:
"Thanks to the belief and forward thinking of those working to improve the American prison system, a seed has created the Horizon [Communities] project. The project has proved with certainty that by allowing faith to be nurtured within prisons, changes for the better will take place. Dr Burnside ands his coauthors display through their case studies on prisons adopting the Horizon project how the teaching of Christianity, Judaism and Islam as well as Native American beliefs can co-exist within the prison environment. The impact of these teachings demonstrate that prison need not be confined to being only a space of incarceration but can be a space for living and learning."
Burnside's book "My Brother's Keeper" is now available at www.willanpublishing.co.uk
The publishers write, "Ten years ago there were no faith-based units in prisons outside South America. Today, they are spreading all over the world, including the United States, Europe and the Commonwealth. My Brother's Keeper is the first major study of a global phenomenon. Exploring the roots of faith-based units in South America it explains why the Prison Service of England and Wales set up the first Christian-based unit in the western world in 1997 - and its rapid expansion. It also explains how, at exactly the same time, the United States introduced Christian-based units - and why they were complimented by interfaith and multifaith initiatives."
Its analysis of what works and what doesn't in faith-based units around the world makes My Brother's Keeper a valuable roadmap for all who care about improving prison conditions. It presents a vision of justice that is not just concerned with building more prisons but with rebuilding more prisoners. It argues that by making prisons more human and punishment more humane, faith-based units can be of value - and keep faith in prisons.
Authors'preface and acknowledgements
Foreword by Sir Anthony Bottoms
Prologue: Beatitudes Behind Bars: Christianity and Imprisonment
1 The prison that started it all
2 From Cursillo to prison: the story of Kairos
3 The rise and fall of Kairos-APAC
4 Kainos Community: views from the inside
5 Kainos Community: views from the top
6 Kainos Community and religious freedom
7 Navigating by the heavens: Horizon Communities
8 Preparing Evangelists: InnerChange Freedom Initiative
9 Psycho-social impact of Kainos
10 The impact of Kainos and Christian-based units on recidivism
11 Keeping faith in prison: the promise of faith-based units
Report of the Re-Entry Policy Council
A Project of the Council of State Governments, partnering with:
American Probation & Parole Assn.
Association of State Correctional Administrators
Corporation for Supportive Housing
Nat'l Assn. of Housing & Redevelopment Officials
Nat'l Assn. of Workforce Boards
Nat'l Assn. of State Mental Health Program Directors
Nat'l Assn of State Alcohol/Drug Abuse Directors
Natioal Center for State Courts
Police Executive Research Forum
Policy Recommendation 14: Behaviors and Attitudes, Strategy C. Provide inmates with services that address their need for basic life skills, including relationship skills. Example: KAIROS HORIZON COMMUNITIES IN PRISONS
National Institute of Corrections
Guide to Resources on Faith-Based Organizations in Criminal Justice - Final Report
"Corrections and REhabilitation: Interfaith Prison Dorms"
Re-Entry National Media Campaign
The Urban Institute, Council of State Governments, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
"Outside The Walls: A National Snapshot of Community-Based Prisoner Reentry Programs
Sample Programs - Faith: HORIZON COMMUNITIES IN PRISONS "
The Finance Project: Welfare Information Network
Resources for Welfare Decisions: "Marriage and Family Strenghening for Incarcerated Individuals" Sample Programs: Kairos Horizon Communities in 5 states
"Development of a Guide to Resources on Faith Based Organizations in Criminal Justice" HORIZON COMMUNITIES CORP is one of the three organizations profiled.
National Conference of State Legislators
"State Legislators Magazine" June 2002
"Working with Service Groups" Horizon is referenced in detail at Tomoka C.I.
Horizon Interfaith Dorm at Marion Correctional Institution, Ohio wins American Correctional Association Chaplains Award for Inovative Program of the Year
Commissioner Reginald Wilkinson of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, Jeff Hunsaker, Horizon program manager, Clifford Smith, Deputy Warden, Programs, Marion Correctional Institution and Chaplain Paul Rogers, President of the American Correctional Chaplains Association, celebrate selection of the Horizon Interfaith program for this first annual award.
Governor Jeb Bush of Florida chose the Horizon Faith Based program at Tomoka Correctional Institution to provide the first recipients of educational assistance awards under Florida's Children of Prisoners; Children of Promise Program. Each recipient signs a contract to stay in school, seek help from a tutor when needed and to meet regularly with a volunteer mentor. Each recipient receives a promise that if he or she graduates high school with acceptable grades, a full scholarship will be provided to any state owned college or university.
This is a program that will make a difference. Horizon is pleased to participate in even a small way.