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unCUFFED’s Golf Tournament and the Power of Giving

When Danny Reedy, unCUFFED board member, first suggested and chaired the ministry’s annual golf tournament back in 2016, he faced a challenge. With only six months to plan and business owners “over saturated” by giving opportunities and requests, Danny found it “difficult to get sponsorships,” which are essential to successful golf events. Nevertheless, God provided…

First Impressions

Going into Hickey School for the first time, I had no idea what to expect. I had never been inside a correctional facility before, so I was nervous and full of questions—where should I park? What would security be like? What would the inside actually look like? Would I feel safe? Would the guards be…

Continued Connections

            “This is Prince from Towson. I know this letter is coming out of the blue. But I wanted to make sure you knew I am more than grateful for everything you have done for me. I was blessed to have you on my side even though my outcome was what it was. I am…

unCUFFED reWIRED

We are thrilled to announce that unCUFFED’s new website, which was generously designed through donation by Zest Social Media Solutions, is now live at www.uncuffedministries.org . The website offers information on our ministry for volunteers, sponsors, partners, and, most importantly, parents and guardians of youth with whom unCUFFED works. “This new website is so essential…

A Kairos Moment

Let me take a moment and introduce you to Ramone. He is from California, he is Latino and his father is a Pastor. He grew up in a church as a child, but got mixed up in the wrong group of friends. He ended up chasing heroin across the country and found himself on the…

Girl, Incarcerated.

I’ve been trying to imagine making a bad choice with ‘friends’ and spending the next 9 months in jail; at the age of 15. No doubt I have made bad choices, I have given in to peer pressure, and I have raised teen girls. So, I’m trying to relate to what these young ladies might…

Highs & Lows through Snapshots

A popular warm up question to a small group is often, what was the high and low of your week? Another warm up question might be, describe a significant event in the form of a photograph or snapshot. Given that as a backdrop, I wanted to share two recent snapshots from working with detained youth…

Too Many Hats

These are real text messages from my daughter that I read after leaving Baltimore City’s Youth Detention Center: Daddy, where are you? DADDYEEEE!!!!! Call me back HELLO!!!! I’m really worried you’re not responding Daddy please just write me back Are you dead? When I finally called her, she was legitimately upset with me so I…

In My Times of Trouble Father Guide Me

“When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You. In God, whose Word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can mere man do to me?” Psalm 56:3-4 Working with young boys, incarcerated and charged with egregious crimes can sometimes feel like a recipe for…

Fruit

Week after week we talk to the boys at Hickey hoping that the message of Jesus will make a difference in their lives. We know that they are listening, discussing, and connecting to the message but we often don’t always know if it is making a difference, if there is fruit. One young man, Terrell,…