Healing communities is a proven, national model, developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation with faith leaders from across the theological spectrum to engage congregations in restoration and healing of their own members who have been impacted by crime and the criminal justice system. The Pennsylvania Council of Churches offers this one-day training in the Healing Communities model for clergy and lay leaders.
Why are Healing Communities needed? One in 104 American adults are currently incarcerated. One in 33 are under criminal justice system control The odds are EVERY congregation has members affected by crime and the criminal justice system, whether as crime victims, offenders, or families. Shame and stigma prevent people from talking about the resulting hurts and harms, or from seeking help. Congregations must create a culture of safety and support to help those who need it.