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To apply for our program, prisoners must have a clear record of behavior from the prior 6 months. Once selected, Horizon participants spend 10 months living in small groups in a dormitory separate from the other inmates. Here, they develop critical life skills, such as acceptance and conflict management. They also learn about and gain respect for various faiths and delve deeper into their own belief system.
These participants also do the difficult emotional work of facing the pain they have experienced in their lives and the pain they have caused others. This includes the victims of their crimes and the prisoners’
own families, who also suffer from their loved one’s choices.
Upon graduation from the program, the inmates rejoin the general prison population. Their new skills and their sense of self-worth has an impact on the whole prison community, making it a safer
environment for everyone.
Those who are released from prison participate in their communities as partners, parents, and gainfully employed adults who do not rely on government assistance. The value of this program – financial, emotional, and societal – is great.
HPI changes lives.
Core Components of the Program
Our program teaches eight core components to help inmates grow as men and women. Horizon participants must take part in all of them, plus some elective courses, in order to graduate.
- Awakenings helps participants find meaning from their experiences, confronting thoughts and habits that contribute to current beliefs and behavior.
- Building Community helps participants learn to resolve conflicts in constructive and meaningful ways and to gain faith solutions to life’s trials.
- Character Reformation is a time set aside to address how thoughts and attitudes can perpetuate negative circumstances and interactions.
- Daily Family Meetings contribute to participants’ sense of belonging and help foster abiding relationships within family groups.
- Faith Fundamentals shore up the foundations of participants’ spiritual beliefs and offers the building blocks for a committed faith.
- Outside Brothers meet with participants to connect them with the outside community in solid, caring one-on-one relationships.
- The Trauma/Healing Awareness Workshop allows participants to examine how trauma has affected their lives, and about breaking the trauma cycle.
- Victim Awareness gives participants the opportunity to reflect on the effects of various crimes on victims, their families, and their communities.