Inspiration Ministries, Inc. was founded in March of 2012 by Andrew L. Foster. What started as an effort to communicate hope to those incarcerated around the country was confronted by the fact that there were obvious needs in the community not being filled. Not only were there few resources to help somebody through a life transition, there were no resources for housing, employability, transportation, or mentoring.
As we have identified these needs, Inspiration Ministries and its board of directors has been created and sustains programs that meet the needs of the marginalized community, those falling through the cracks physically, spiritually, and mentally because of a lack of stability, mentoring, and accountability.
By partnering with over two dozen local churches, probation, parole, community corrections, and local job placement services, we have seen tremendous results in our efforts to transition, transform, and train men and women in DeKalb, Noble & Steuben Counties. We have grown to be the most comprehensive transitional program in NE Indiana.
Having served over 200 men and women in the past seven years, less than 5% has re-offended or violated parole or probation to return back to prison. The state recidivism rate is over 80% returning to prison.
Facilitating two transitional houses, plus a non-resident program.
Re-instated numerous driver’s licenses, helped with automobile insurance, and obtain transportation.
Eight vehicles donated in effort to help with work transportation.
Facilitating Celebrate Recovery (Addiction Recovery) for 60-70 people a week.
Have seen dozens of families restored.
Our Behind the Walls prison ministry communicates with over 3400 inmates, 1700 a month, reaching 100 prisons.
In the first 8 months of our first transitional home, the Plus ONE House, these are a few of the reported results:
14 of 15 men obtained employment within the first month of living at the Plus ONE House.
14 of 15 men started a process to obtain or restore driver’s licenses.
All 15 men committed to a season of sobriety while at the house proven by drug tests and commitment to recovery meetings.
All men continue to experience group mentoring, individual mentoring, and connecting with the community.
Men are literally taking responsibility for being dads for the first time.
It is now our desire to continue expansion of our Plus ONE Program. The expansion has already begun on our newest property in DeKalb County which includes housing for 18 men and 6 acres, on our Plus One Farm. Not only are we housing men in transition, but we soon are able to create sustainability by training them to farm and maintain the two residences, and a Community Farmer’s Market we have purchased as well. We also have staff, policies, and procedures that help create a safe and productive environment for our residents. We know that this program is not only affecting Dekalb County, but the Northeast Indiana region. Our communication includes judges, probation and parole departments, attorneys, veteran services, and metal health centers. We also have been asked by several organizations to transfer this model to other areas such as Ft. Wayne, IN and Hillsdale, Michigan.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE FACTS:
In 2014 the state of Indiana changed sentencing laws mandating that anybody convicted of a level D felony or lower could not be sent to prison, but must be remanded in the county of conviction.
Over-crowded jails in DeKalb, Noble, and Steuben Counties.
DeKalb County currently pays Noble & Steuben Counties to house our inmates.
Alternative sentencing is used such as house arrest, transitional housing, and probation.
Probation has too many cases and not enough staff.
Zero to little measurable qualitative outcomes.
MENTAL HEALTH FACTS:
In 2010, Mental Health America and the Federal Government took the peripheral idea of addiction recovery and placed it under the umbrella of mental health disorders such as Substance Use Disorder (SUD). In 2014, the clinical view of SUD was re-structured not to diminish the clinical aspect of recovery, but to also include a community-based component. Then, Mental Health America created a subsidiary, the National Affiliation of Recovery Residences, a program implemented in every state, but relatively unheard of. NAR is the state certification to become a Recovery Residence, which can utilize state Recovery Works funds.
OUR ACTION AS A RESULT:
DeKalb County has only two state certified recovery residences, which are Inspiration Ministries’ Plus One House and Plus One Farm, by the standards of the Indiana Affiliation of Recovery Residences, a subsidiary of Mental Health America.
Inspiration Ministries has employed the only six Certified Recovery Specialists in DeKalb County.
We have been nominated to be 1 of only 10 Recovery Community Organizations in the state of Indiana.
Inspiration Ministries is cutting edge and most comprehensive in our impact of life recovery and transformation of people who are post-incarcerated and/or diagnosed with substance abuse disorder.
CALL TO PARTNER:
Inspiration Ministries is seeking strategic partnerships with organizations to cultivate and sustain further recovery residences and programs that focus on an individual’s life recovery, spiritual transformation, addiction recovery, family restoration, employment and job skills training, and character building. Please join us on mission.