“Where there is hope, there is faith.  Where there is faith, miracles happen.  In the midst of severe adversity and trauma, a support group that focuses on healing, raising mental health awareness and providing hope for a new chance at life is the miracle that entered into my life.  It is clearly evident that Progressive Prison Ministries, Inc. is committed to changing and inspiring lives of those who have fallen and are committed to becoming stronger through their failures.  I could not be the strong person I am without the intellectual and strong-minded friends who have reinstilled hope and a sense of value in me.  They have become like family to me during the most tragic event in my life. Progressive Prison Ministries, Inc. is a coalition of forward-thinking individuals and leaders who are committed to lifelong wellness, belonging, and making a true impact in this world.  Through this support network, increasing our sense of safety, security and belonging and serving without judgement is made possible.  We learn to trust how we feel by sharing our stories.  This organization is an essential social support so one does not feel isolated in the worst possible stigmatized situation.  Every day we have the choice to support our body and mind’s healing response or undermines it.  Being a part of Progressive Prison Ministries, Inc. is one of the most important steps I have taken to begin my own healing process while helping others and giving back through the power of human connection.  It’s essential to be present “here and now” as I enter into a new life.  My failures have allowed me to open up my eyes and see what is most important in life.  I couldn’t do it without the genuine compassion and care through the inspirational, spiritual and powerful meetings that bring the power of people together at Progressive Prison Ministries, Inc.”