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Do Unto Others

We settled into our seats at the local coffee shop to catch up on the latest news. James had seen his fair share of rough spots in life. Prison, mental health issues, struggling to hold a full time job.  As we talked we were interrupted by someone sitting next to us, “Do you know how …

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Practical Grace

So J. is back in prison again.  He violated one of his conditions and his freedom was removed. What do we do with him? After all, he has been in and out of prison a few times over the years. Maybe we should just throw away the key? It seems like a nice neat solution. In reality …

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Connection

It has been a few weeks now and the challenges of making it on the street have proved to much for J. as he ended up back in prison on a parole violation.  O. continues to do well.  Why the difference? Well, one part of staying out is relying on the supports that are there.  …

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Open Circle Update

Last year, Open Circle was awarded the contract from Correction Service Canada to initiate a new Faith Community Reintegration Project (FCRP) in Winnipeg. This program matches recently released federal inmates who are interested in becoming a part of a faith community with churches and religious institutions that are interested in welcoming these people into their …

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