Final Escape is a mentoring program designed to help ex-offenders get out and stay out of prison. It is an outreach of the Life Together, Inc., a 501© 3 organization of Temple Church Of God In Christ and is established as an extension of Temple Prison Ministry. It will provide a curriculum to inspire and motivate both male and female ex-offenders to explore the concepts of authentic manhood and authentic love respectively. This program is designed to revolutionize their lives while providing emergency re-entry care (food, clothing, hygiene items, bus tickets, vouchers for housing, referrals for life skill classes, job readiness training, and employment opportunities). The goal of Final Escape is to equip the ex-offenders to get out and stay out of prison, and to become productive citizens as they experience a life together.
Yvonne D. Williams, Program Director
Bishop David Allen Hall, Executive Director
Community Health Clinic
A medical clinic on-site will offer preventative healthcare, dental services, immunizations, HIV/AIDS testing, medication management, mental health counseling and social services. Potential healthcare partners have already expressed interesting in becoming a healthcare partner with Life Together.
Slam Dunk/ Life Sports Initiative
This initiative’s goal is to involve at-risk girls and boys in supervised sports activities such as tennis, basketball, golf, and baseball with Memphis Police officers, Grizzlies’ players, University of Memphis basketball team, and political and community leaders. Youth will develop skills of achieving teamwork, respect for others, how to solve conflicts peacefully, and to bond and build relationships to overcome life’s challenges that arise from broken homes. Youth will be empowered with personal fitness, good character, and self-esteem.
Senior Citizens Golden Years Coalition
The prime purpose of the coalition is to create an activity center to promote fitness programs, wellness and fellowship through activities to enhance and maintain the well-being of Seniors with outings, arts and crafts, healthcare sessions with speakers to talk about diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, and Alzheimer’s.
Exceptional Fellas Program
This programs pairs up mentors to teach boys about manhood and the Rites of Passage.
Participants and adults will learn how to start a business. This Initiative will encourage participants and adults to launch their own business ideas to become future business leaders and innovators. Participants and adults will be engaged with lecture series and networking opportunities with business owners and business professionals, including scholarships and internships with locally-owned businesses and exposure to trade shows and business expos.
Diamonds in the Rough
Young girls will be paired with mentors and taught etiquette, proper dress codes, teenage pregnancy and drug prevention. The program will help them improve basic life and interpersonal skills. The program will stress high school graduation, healthier relationships and life choices, enhance self-esteem, and the impact of alcohol and drug abuse.
Final Escape Initiative
Final Escape is a mentoring program designed to help ex-offenders get out and stay out of prison. It is an outreach of the Life Together, Inc., a 501© 3 organization of Temple Church Of God In Christ and is established as an extension of Temple Prison Ministry.
I Took the Pledge Campaign
A successful campaign launched by Life Together in the 90s with an incentive for youth to take a pledge and sign an agreement not to do or be involved in drugs, gangs and violence. The program will develop drugfree networks among participants including a “Youth Advisory Leadership Board” to help youth avoid the use of alcohol and drugs and to achieve in school and life. An annual community festival, “I Took the Pledge,” will celebrate the accomplishments of youth.
This component will engage youth and Senior Citizens in culturally and ethically theatrical productions, drama classes, music and dance. Creative Aging will sponsor activities targeted for Senior Citizens. Youth and Senior Citizens will attend productions at Hattiloo Theatre and the Orpheum Theatre with sponsorships.
A state-of-the art Internet cafe with computer access for locals and tourists. It will offer special computer training for youth and Senior Citizens, including food, coffee, and soft drinks.
Life Together, Inc.
672 S. Lauderdale Street | Memphis, TN. 38126
Contact: Bishop David Allen Hall