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Cindi Bradshaw
Non-profit work
Tue Jul 9, 2013 09:08

I sit on the board of directors at two non-profits. The first is a 12 month discipleship program for men with alcohol and drug addiction. The men commit to come to the house and live for 12 months in order to recieve support while breaking the bonds of addiction. This program is near and dear to my heart because it is the only program that I have seen that focuses not only on the addiction itself, but on rebuilding the broken bridges of the addiction like family--especially the damage that is done to the children. I see so many damaged children in my school because of drug abuse in the home and nobody ever really focuses on mending those relationships and our program does, sometimes those relationships can not be mended together completely, but the people that have been hurt along the way can recieve peace of mind that it was not them and that is so verry important for them as well as the addict.

My other non-profit is a ministry as well; it is Jaime Torres ministries. Jaime Torres ministries has a couple of missions that are all dear to me. The first is to unite the churches--all churches--and end this segregation that we see every Sunday, the second is to work in the prisons with the inmates to help them to understand that there are people on that outside that love them, and the third and final piece which is my piece(I am involved in all aspects, but this is my baby)is to break the cycle--the school to prison pipeline. I have sat at my school and listened to veteran teachers talk about former students that they had in middle school that they now teach in prison at night school, I have also seen police come to my school seeking help in identifying a suspect because they remember them from when they were the SRO at my school and they do it very non-chalantly. I take this very seriously, I feel that middle school is the time when people are making the decisions about who they are going to be, what kind of person they are going to be when they grow up and some where, some way we are missing something and it has got to stop. I have already visited the prison as part of my research during the first part of summer semester and it was very eye opening to say the least. I went seeking answers to some questions that I had about the pipeline, but what I found shocked me. The answers were staring me right in the face the whole time.

One thing that I will point out and it is relevant to this class because I have been surfing around on Dr. K's page some already (love the page by-the-way) over 31% of the inmates in prison have some sort of learning disability, a large majority of inmates in US prisons experienced difficulties in reading.

  • Hello - lohrmk, Mon Jul 8 20:23
    It sounds like you stay busy between teaching, traveling, and your non-profit work. What all do you do with those programs? I enjoy traveling too. I've been all over the eastern United States but I... more
    • Non-profit work - Cindi Bradshaw, Tue Jul 9 09:08
      • Fascinating - lohrmk, Thu Jul 11 22:30
        Wow, I can tell you are very passionate about the work that you do. It sounds amazing and like you are really doing things that make a difference in people's lives. I agree so much with what you said ... more
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