Dallas, Texas – More than 100 graduates walked the ‘stage’ of a Dallas church this week. For some it was for the first time. This particular group of graduates completed a year-long program called “Texas Offenders Reentry Initiative” or T.O.R.I. — it is a signature project of Bishop T.D. Jakes and his church, The Potter’s House. The church has more than 30,000 members and has hosted the initiative since 2004.
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More than 7,000 individuals have benefited from ‘T.O.R.I.’ – which focuses on guiding recently released offenders back to productive lives. The program focuses on areas such as spiritual guidance, housing, education and employment.
Bishop Jakes says the program is about giving people purpose again – and reconnecting them with their families.
“You can’t put a price on that,” Jakes said. “My job is to work in the trenches. I’m not supposed to be collecting the goodie two-shoe people.”