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Hard Road Home
Hard Road Home can inspire your religious leadership to become involved in this key social issue. Communities of faith can offer critical assistance to formerly incarcerated people as well as become a network of support in reentry employment possibilities.
Call to Action
Hard Road Home can help your community:
Bookmark this Organization: Auburn recommends ICARE as a best practices organization on the issue of employment for formerly incarcerated people.
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Synopsis and Purchase Information
This 2007 film tells the story of Julio Medina a drug-dealing gang leader who went to prison. When he was released 12 years later, he was a changed man. Upon his release from prison, Julio committed himself to becoming a different kind of leader. He created Exodus Transitional Community, a program in East Harlem dedicated to breaking the cycle of prison incarceration.
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How Hard Road Home created community change
Our church expanded our original vision of the ministry just to absorb the inspiring number of people who wanted be involved. Other congregations want to replicate the program. It has taken on a life of its own as relationships are building. Its been Transformational for all of us, the 11 extraordinary men recently released from Sing Sing, and our congregation, our community is growing and it is strengthening us all.
Dawn Ravella, LMSW.Director of Mission and Outreach The Reformed Church of Bronxville
“Hard Road Home made me aware of what people face when they come out of prison. Its unbelievable what they go through!” -Sugar Genereaux , a congregant who was inspired by the film to help form a prison initiative at The Reformed Church of Bronxville
“The program had helped me to express myself more. Also to look at things in a different way. It has made me more understanding about the needs of others and that giving back is a good thing to do. Has showed me that there are a lot of people who are willing to help an ex-prisoner to adjust back into the free world. We are very humble people that just need a second chance.” -Craig Young, an ex-offender and graduate of The Reformed Church of Bronxville’s Coming Home ministry
How did they do it?
The 30th Annual Emmy® Awards for News & Documentary. Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast.