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Prison and Jail Ministry

The RAI Foundation is proud to support the Forsyth Jail and Prison Ministries (FJPM) in Forsyth County, N.C. Begun in 1977 as the first jail and prison ministry in North Carolina, and one of the first in the U.S., FJPM provides educational and chaplaincy services for men, women and youth incarcerated in the Forsyth County Law Enforcement Detention Center, Forsyth Correctional Center and Forsyth County Youth Center.

In 2013, FJPM began offering a class based upon the Franklin Covey book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, called “7 Habits on the Inside”. The class teaches inmates how to:

  • Learn to take initiative;
  • Understand there are choices in every situation;
  • Complete the course with a plan for operating in society, once released;
  • Become positive role models to their families and friends; and
  • Discover how to collaborate for successful outcomes.
Beginning with two courses for 75 men, the program has since expanded to three classes for men and three for women. In 2015, the RAI Foundation contributed $25,000 toward the program, enabling it to expand in both scope and size. With this donation, FJPM is creating the Transitions to Work program, in which educators from Forsyth Technical Community College will teach 7 Habits graduates vocational trades. The program will be matching Transition to Work graduates with employers and help graduates with transportation. Research has shown that employment lowers recidivism by almost 40 percent, and the Foundation is honored to support FJPM and its service to the financial and social welfare of our community.
“We empower the community to take ownership for reducing crime within Forsyth County. We have more than 2,000 volunteers working as a community to reduce crime and support people affected by incarceration. Generous gifts from partners like the Reynolds American Foundation allow us to magnify these impacts.”
– Senior Chaplain Rodney Stilwell, Forsyth Jail and Prison Ministries