Kindway Matters Newsletter
Spring 2021
Investing in the Lives of Those Impacted by Incarceration
In Spring 2021, Kindway Welcomes Home:
Shane, Fred, Madeline, Kayla, Tinishia, Hui, Rupal

We thank God for all your prayers and support for their successful transition.
Kindway is thrilled to announce we have begun preliminary programing at Pickaway Correctional Institution (PCI). This summer we will begin the process of selecting participants for PCI EMBARK Season #1. We thank the Lord for your continued prayers and support without which we would be unable to advance our mission of investing the lives of those impacted by incarceration.
Kindway's PCI Men's Transition Manager
Rev. 'Debo Onabanjo has joined the Kindway team as the Men's Transition Manager for PCI. 'Debo has assembled an advance volunteer team to establish EMBARK at PCI. 'Debo and his team is now facilitating Celebrate Recovery.
Kindway Reunions are Back
After a lengthy pause in bi-monthly reunions, Kindway Reunions will be scheduled for the remainder of 2021. Kindway reunions are events designed to give Kindway alumni, volunteers, staff, and those who love them a space where they may reunite with others in the Kindway family.

Meals and desserts are sponsored by local churches. We will be celebrating Kindway's 10 year anniversary and are grateful that St. Catharine Catholic Church will sponsor the meal.
The Joseph Group Reunion
Matt and Mark Palmer of The Joseph Group have sponsored 5 one day-long retreats at Marion Correctional Institution (MCI) and one for women at the Ohio Reformatory for Women (ORW). The retreats were designed to introduce men and women to our graduates in prison who are awaiting their release. The day-long retreats included group activities, group discussions, testimonials, and a shared meal. We are happy to announce The Joseph Group MCI 5-year reunion that will take place at St. Catharine Catholic Church in Columbus this August. 

We appreciate our partnership with The Joseph Group. The bus trip retreats have been a great vehicle through which we have recruited many passionate volunteers.
Kindway Board Member Updates
Kindway is also experiencing change in leadership. We thank the Lord for the service of Tom Fenstermaker who has served on the Kindway Board of Directors as treasurer for ten years. Thank you, Tom for your devotion and leadership. 

Kindway welcomes Tony Garrison and Kristi Rodriguez to the board.
Tony Garrison is Sr. Vice President at Bath and Body Works International (BBWI). He learned about Kindway through Shirley France, a Kindway volunteer and former marketing executive for BBWI.
Kristi Rodriguez is Sr. Vice President of Nationwide Retirement Institute. Kristi serves on the Nationwide Foundation where she learned about Kindway and became passionate about our cause.

Thank you Tom.
Welcome, Tony and Kristi!
Our most recent presentation for Kindway Academy is The Process of Trauma by Lisa Drogosz, PhD. Dr. Drogosz delivered an amazing presentation about how trauma impacts those in prisons. Her presentation was so well received that we will be working with her to offer additional training this summer. 
Follow this link to her presentation:
The Process of Trauma, April 13, 2021

You may also watch past Academies at the following links:
• EMBARK, How it Works, September 8, 2020
Tom Deuber and Christine Money

• Life on the Inside, October 13, 2020
Juanita Woods and Juan Martinez

• Parole Board 101, November 10, 2020
Alicia Handwerk - Chair of the Ohio Parole Board

• Navigating as a Navigator, December 8, 2020
Jan Roberts and Rich King

• Heads Up about Relapse and Addiction, January 12, 2021
Paul Sparks

• Is This Relationship Healthy?, February 9, 2021
Diane Kubovcik

• Conflict: Friend or Foe? March 9, 2021
Cathi Shaw and Nancy Pettigrew
Alumni Updates
Kindway's Stan Stever Shares His Journey at Rock City Church
What an amazing testimony! Kindway's Director of Community Outreach, Stan Stever, was invited to share his nearly 34 year journey through prison and beyond with Pastor Chad at Rock City Church in Hilliard for the Mother's Day Service on May 9, 2021. Through it, Rock City Church has partnered with Kindway and we are excited about the possibilities. If you missed the broadcast of the service, you may watch it here:
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You will be changed forever.

Shane and Lenny Take the Plunge
We celebrate Shane and Lenny's baptisms in May. What a joy it is to experience the continued growth in and devotion to Christ in the lives of our alumni. These men are active in their churches and Lenny volunteers at our partner ministry, 2&A Wakeup. Shane is often available to serve others when asked. We thank the Lord for giving us a front row seat to miracles. 

Celebrating our Alumni 

  • Fidencio is promoted at Franklin International and purchases his first Harley
  • Val moved into her new home
  • Tangie began working at UPS
  • Madeline began working for Lower Lights Salon
  • Shane begins work at Franklin International and purchases his first car
  • Mervin started his own company: Second Chance Home Repairs
  • Juanita started her own bookkeeping company: Spirit of Excellence Bookkeeping Services
  • Katrina is managing Sports Clips in Westerville
Welcome Home for Women Has a New Home
The women of Welcome Home had an event on April 10, 2021 at Whetstone Park of Roses. Always a great time of fellowship to catch up with our women and welcome home those recently released. 

Welcome Home for women will reboot on the first Monday of every month from 6-8pm at Maple Grove UMC on the corner of High St. and Henderson. 
Upcoming dates for Welcome Home gatherings:
  • June 7, 2021 (at Westerville Golf Center/Putt-Putt)
  • July 5,2021 
  • August 2, 2021
McAuliffe's Industrial Donates and Moves Furniture
McAuliffe's Industrial of Marysville donated and moved a few truck loads of furniture over two days for Kindway Alumni. Former president, Jim Fitzgerald donated furniture to Kindway, and current president Bill Harris contributed his time, vehicle and staff to work hard alongside Kindway alumni to get the job done with much joy and appreciation for the opportunity to serve.

We thank McAuliffe's staff as well as our alumni: Mervin, Terrence, Clarence, Lenny, Stan, Shane, Demetrius, and Juan for their service. Our network is amazing!
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