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HEARTBOUND MINISTRIES INC

Reaching hearts bound by prison walls

aka HeartBound Ministries   |   Atlanta, GA   |  www.heartboundministries.com

Mission

HeartBound Ministries' mission is to provide programs and resources to meet the needs needs the prison community -- inmates, their families, and correctional staff -- changing the culture from one of crime and incarceration to hope and restoration.

Ruling year info

2003

President

Mrs. Andrea Shelton Esq.

Program Director

Mr. Spencer Spencer Shelton

Main address

PO Box 191703

Atlanta, GA 31119 USA

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EIN

37-1474501

NTEE code info

Rehabilitation Services for Offenders (I40)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Crime Prevention N.E.C. (I20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Incarceration has a community impact that extends far beyond those who are in prison. An estimated 200,000 Georgia children have a parent in prison, not including children whose parents are in county jails or detention centers. Children and families caught in the middle of these separations are some of the most vulnerable in our communities. They experience higher rates of poverty, anxiety, withdrawal, depression, guilt, shame, anger, aggression, social phobias, drug and alcohol use, and poor academic performance. HeartBound Ministries takes a holistic approach in meeting the needs of individuals impacted by incarceration. We believe that prison can be more than just a place where people serve time. We envision a prison system where lives are healed, transformed and redeemed. We see a future where the cycle of crime and incarceration is broken, recidivism rates are reduced dramatically, and prisoners are restored to their families, communities, and faith.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Georgia Prison Chaplaincy Project

Supports and partners with prison chaplains and volunteers to provide spiritual guidance, counseling, cognitive classes, literacy services, life skills training, parenting classes, and other programs for adult and juvenile offenders.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people
At-risk youth

A weekly parenting training program for incarcerated fathers.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people
Parents

Distributes hygiene items for indigent inmates via the chaplaincy program and organizes care bags containing hygiene items, snacks, and Christian literature for distribution at Christmas.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people

Project ART uses art lessons to teach skills, instill character, and build positive relationships between incarcerated youth/adults and instructors who provide mentoring and guidance.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people

A personalized, recorded reading program allowing children to see and hear their incarcerated loved one reading a book to them via DVD and read along. The program also provides carts stocked with books, games, and educational tools in prison visitation rooms so that families can read and bond.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people
Families

HeartBound's licensed counselor provides twice-weekly professional counseling services at no charge to female transitional center residents.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people
Women and girls

An annual art show and sale showcasing the remarkable and often hidden talents of Georgia inmates. Proceeds benefit the Little Readers program.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people

HeartBound established and funds the first and only women's prison seminary, the Nathan and Sandra Deal Extension of NOBTS, at Whitworth Women's Facility in Hartwell, GA.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people
Women and girls

An event that unites children and their incarcerated parent on the prison grounds for an unforgettable day of games, food, crafts, relationship building, and teaching to facilitate the healing process and break the cycle of crime and incarceration in families.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people
Families

Where we work

Awards

The Rocky Top Business Award 2023

The University of Tennessee

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children achieving language and literacy proficiency

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Families, Incarcerated people

Related Program

Little Readers

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Through our Little Readers program, children are becoming more literate as their parents are able to read a book to them via DVD and children can read along with the video.

Number of youth service participants who have involvement in juvenile justice system

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Incarcerated people

Related Program

Georgia Prison Chaplaincy Project

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Through our Georgia Prison Chaplaincy Project, we have one full time chaplain and one part time chaplain who serve incarcerated youth in 5 correctional facilities.

Number of new grants received

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Parents, At-risk youth, Incarcerated people

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of participants counseled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Incarcerated people

Related Program

Trauma Counseling

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These year by year results display the number of trauma counseling sessions we were able to conduct free of charge to our inmates receiving these services.

Number of families/guardians of individuals not living at home who report system supports continuing family involvement

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Incarcerated people

Related Program

Little Readers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The year by year results display the number of parents who we support through our Little Readers program and Returning Hearts event to have continued family involvement while incarcerated.

Number of families served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families, Incarcerated people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These numbers do not take into account families reached through the 70 literacy carts we supply in prison visitation rooms or our Malachi Dads program.

Number of adults who received literacy services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Families, Incarcerated people

Related Program

Little Readers

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Through our Little Readers Program, adult's literary skills are increased as they read books to their child or grandchild via DVD.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

HeartBound's goal is to bring about lasting change in in the lives of adult and juvenile offenders, at-risk youth, and their families through moral rehabilitation programs that will change the culture from one of crime and incarceration to hope and restoration. The positive feedback from chaplains, wardens, and program participants prove the importance of HeartBound's programs in the lives of offenders and their families. Studies show that recidivism rates for offenders who participate in faith-based programs are 30% lower than non-participants.
Expected outcomes include:
1) Improved attitudes and behaviors among program participants (e.g. respect for authority and others, decreased anger, good decision-making, reduced impulsivity);
2) Lower recidivism rates among participants vs. non-participants; and
3) Fewer crime victims.

The goal of HeartBound is to bring about lasting change in the lives of offenders and their families, thus reducing crime and recidivism rates. HeartBound employs several evidence-based approaches to accomplishing this goal: 1) Rehabilitate offenders through faith and character-based programs; 2) Restore incarcerated fathers to their families by equipping them with the skills and knowledge to become committed, involved and responsible fathers and break the cycle of crime and incarceration in their families; 3) Restore offenders to the community by preparing them to assume responsible citizenship and by opening opportunities for their engagement; and 4) Address the problem of juvenile crime and incarceration through Project ART (Art to Rehabilitate and Teach).
These methods bring about moral rehabilitation in offenders and break the cycle of crime and incarceration in families. When HeartBound's moral rehabilitation programs prevent an offender and their children from following a lifestyle of crime, we prevent people from becoming victims of crime. A study by Barna Research revealed that approximately 75% of released offenders will commit a crime return to prison. However, that percentage drops to an amazing 14% if an inmate studies the Bible while incarcerated. Figures released by the Georgia Department of Corrections show a 30% reduction in recidivism among offenders who regularly participate in faith and character-based programs such as those offered by HeartBound.

HeartBound collaborates with the Georgia Department of Corrections, the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice, the Tennessee Department of Corrections, correctional staff, volunteers and community and faith-based organizations and others who contribute to the accomplishment of HeartBound's goals. We have over 20 years of experience in working with incarcerated people and their families. HeartBound has been recognized by USA Today, Georgia Natural Gas, Exelon Energy, Governor Nathan Deal, Georgia Council for the Arts, and The University of Tennessee for our efforts to provide purposeful programing to the prison community so that incarcerated people return to their families and communities as transformed individuals.

HeartBound has accomplished several milestones toward its mission of supporting and equipping chaplains, meeting the needs of the prison community, and changing the culture from one of crime and incarceration to hope and restoration. Accomplishments include:
1) Successfully advocating for the reinstatement of chaplains in Georgia prisons;
2) Deploying the first Malachi Dads and Returning Hearts Celebration in Georgia;
3) Funding computer labs and instruction for offenders;
4) Promoting literacy to those experiencing family separation due to incarceration or addiction;
5) Overseeing the adoption of eight correctional facilities through HeartBound's Prison Adoption Program;
6) Launching Project ART (Art to Rehabilitate and Teach) at juvenile facilities and a recreational center;
7) Funding chaplains for incarcerated adults and juveniles;
8) Founding and funding the first ever women's prison seminary in Georgia and the second in the nation.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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HEARTBOUND MINISTRIES INC

Board of directors
as of 01/24/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Norah White

HeartBound Ministries

Term: 2022 - 2025

ANDREA SHELTON

President, HeartBound Ministries

Robin Boggs

U.S. Corporate Citizenship Lead, Accenture

Darcy Harper

Accountant, Windham Brannon

Robert Jackson

Senior VP for Financial Services Div. - McGriff, Seibels & Williams of GA.

Steve Peterson

Attorney, McGuireWoods LLP

Norah White

Attorney

Matt Rendle

Chief Investment Officer - Selig Enterprises

Lucy Fugate

Community Volunteer

James Johnson

Retired - United States Army

Matt Crowe

VP - Covington Ford

Lara Woods

Registered Nurse

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/24/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/09/2022

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.