We also seek to support the healthy integration of people in prison back into the community. Within this web of friendship, concerned members of society offer hope and help to create an environment in which a person in prison or out on the street can choose to take steps towards positive growth.
“I was in prison and you visited me… a stranger and you welcomed me… whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters, you did for me. ”
– Matthew 25:36 & 4
Crime breaks relationships and creates distance between those who have committed a crime and those impacted by the harm that was done – this includes victims, victims’ families, prisoners’ families and community members. Prison increases this separation and alienation. All parties continue to live in fear, particularly after the person is released from prison.
Open Circle provides opportunities to address this fear and alienation by connecting people in prison with caring community members and by encouraging a healthy return to society after their release. We strive to create a community of belonging in all that we do that is conducive to healthy living, healing, accountability and personal, social & spiritual growth; one where the acceptance of responsibility is modeled and normalized. In this way, communities become safer places for everyone.
Building authentic friendships with people in prison and ex-prisoners, providing opportunities for participation and support in healthy communities.