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Apr 05, 2019 by Michael

TD Jakes Issued This Clarion Call that Changed 20,000 Lives

Proud graduates take the stage to receive their reward. This is, however, a different kind of graduation than you would normally see. Each graduate that walks on the stage is a success story courtesy of the Texas Offenders Reentry Initiative (TORI), reported CBN. This is a ministry of the Potter's House in Dallas, a church headed by Bishop T.D. Jakes. The video can be seen here.

"According to Proverbs 31:8, we have to learn if we want to stand out in life, stand up for people who cannot stand up for themselves," Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) encouraged the crowd.   

"This is not rocket science. It's Maslow's law; hierarchy of needs"

The amazing thing about the TORI program is that it boasts an impressive 11 percent recidivism rate, while the national average sits at about 50 percent.

"Imagine what would happen if we had enough investors and judges and sheriffs and police chiefs and DAs and Bishop Jakes all around the country," said Scott. "That's how you make the community safer."

Working with community leaders and businesses, team members secure housing and jobs while helping clear criminal records and addressing spiritual needs.

"That landlord may not rent to you but they'll rent to me. So I'll go in there and I'll tell them about the TORI program, how much they've progressed in a short amount of time, and how this tenant may be the most loyal tenant you'll ever have," explained Naidoo.

"This is not rocket science. It's Maslow's law; hierarchy of needs. It's every human's basic needs," explained Naidoo. "If we would make those accessible to our citizens that are coming home, we would have to build less prisons."



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