We think Spirit Key is an excellent example of what non government agencies can do to help solve some our issues in society. They take the time and make the effort to make real change. Spirit Key will help men and other people that a lot of people in our society think are "throw-aways". They mentor and house and educate veterans, homeless and ex-offenders to regain their self-confidence and get back into the "game of life", in which they become productive viable citizens and they do it with "love", not judgement. We need more organizations like Spirit Key.
I have been involved with Spirit Key since 2008-2009, when I visited a board meeting. I was touched by the work that Allen Rice and Jim Elliott were doing without a physical property. In early 2009, Spirit Key was able to secure property with some financial help. I have been a supporter of Spirit Key's efforts since 2009. The program started with one resident in 2009 to over 30 in 2013. Men struggling to return to society are welcomed with open arms, open heart, and the spirit of God. Men transform their lives with the Bible studies, a church service every Sunday, work assignments on the property, counseling, support, and job assistance help from a local job ministry. I am honored to be involved and support the efforts of Spirit Key.
Spirit Key makes a positive difference in the lives of its clients (those who have been incarcerated), their families, and saves the state millions of dollars by reducing the number of inmates who return to prison. This spiritually based 501.3C is souly committed to improve the lives of our clients by providing housing, community, opportunities to learn job skills, and to get jobs in a faith based environment. The program usually takes about six months to complete and the client is ready to move out with a job and the ability to become a productive member of society. Allen Rice, the director and minister, is passionate and focused on helping each person grow spiritually, learn to cope with their problems, and hone their life skills. His dedication is the heart of the ministry and the biggest reason for Spirit Key's success. Words alone cannot describe the good works that happen there. I invite you to come by, meet Allen, and see for yourself. Don't have much time? How about joining Spirit Key for Sunday Worship at 11:00 AM.