Director Dave Bozman continues to work with the Board of Directors in line with our mission statement:
"PROVIDING SUPPORT TO DISADVANTAGED MEN, PRIMARILY THOSE HAVING ISSUES WITH CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS. OUR MISSION IS TO GIVE THESE INDIVIDUALS THE OPPORTUNITY TO RETURN THEIR LIVES TO PRODUCTIVE ENDEAVORS BY PROVIDING THEM WITH AFFORDABLE HOUSING, FELLOWSHIP AND OTHER SUPPORTIVE SERVICES".
Brother's Keeper has four houses prepared for residences to men returning from prison/jail that need a place to stay or are entered in the Vanderburgh County Drug Court program which provides a strong level of accountability.
For more information about the Drug Court Program see http://www.vanderburghsheriff.com/day-reporting-drug-court.aspx.
2016 Year End Report:
As I sat and contemplated the past year I was at a loss for what to say about it. Sure there was a second floor bathroom, in our Michigan St house, that’s now completed and it looks great. Air conditioning was installed in the Heidelbach house just in time for summer. Put insulation in some needed areas in the Michiga n St house. I made countless trips to the jail so our Treatment Court men could check-in for a daily drug test/breathalyzer. Helped many men find employment so that they could pay rent, treatment fees, and counseling fees. Sat and listen to men tell me their worries, fears, concerns, and anything else they needed to talk about. Took countless numbers of men to the Evansville Christian Life Center for food. Helped men get clothing so they could have a sense of pride about them when they went to work. Packed up men’s rooms after they decided they wanted to relapse and go back to that miserable life that has such a death grip on them at times.
I guess one could read the above and say “they sure are busy”. Yes we do stay busy, or as I like to say “there is plenty of job security”. How do we measure our program to tell if it’s been successful or not?
Here is the answer to that question. In 2016 we had five men that moved out and moved up. One man has become an over the road trucker. Another two are working at factories and one of them bought a duplex that he rents to another man that moved out when he was able to draw his social security. The fifth man now works for an electrical union and is doing well. This next group is where the meat is at. We had/have 6 men who have given their lives to our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. These are the men whose life has had a complete change of direction and they no longer look at life the way they used to.
Please help us to be able to help these men by continuing to give generously to Brother’s Keeper ministry. Please pray for the ministry, board members, and for all the volunteers.
I thank you.
Dave Bozman, Director