First Friday Forum 2017

 April 7, 2017  11:30 -1:00pm

 Come join us for an examination of the process of

Reintegration of the Formerly Incarcerated: Forgiveness & Justice :

 Ms. Michelle. Osborne-Banner

Director, Inside & Outside Resource Center,

The U.S. Department of Justice released a study (September, 2015), measuring recidivism within 1 year of release –  an estimated 43% of prisoners released in 2005 in 30 states were arrested for a new crime. At the end of a 5-year period, the recidivism rate based on national criminal history information was 77%! In Ohio, the number and proportion of all arrests following release in 2005 was 73%.   But if the ultimate goal of imprisonment is to recover and rehabilitate, so why are the recidivism rates so high?

Michelle Osborne-Banner is the director of the Inside & Outside Resource Center, where she serves and ministers the Gospel to those in need while providing essential resources and programs in order to assist in reducing crime and recidivism rates in our local communities.  Her presentation is a powerful story of how God heals the broken and shows forgiveness to the whole entire State of Ohio. The story also unveils the heart of God and teaches us all how to not only say we forgive but to show others the act(action) of forgiveness to reduce recidivism.


Michelle was selected in January, 2016 as Volunteer of the Year at the Grafton Correctional Institution.


“And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of the streets at the bottom.” Isaiah 58:12


Lorain County Community College

Spitzer Conference Center in Elyria, Ohio

Luncheon Buffet: 11:30 am Speaker: 12:00 – 1:00 pm

$18.00 per reservation

RESERVATION DEADLINE: 6:00 pm, Monday, April 3, 2017!(cancellations are also due then or you will be charged). 

You can pay at the door or mail your $18 check to: First Friday Forum of Lorain County, 320 Middle Avenue, Elyria, OH 44035 or call the reservation line at 440-244-0643 or e-mail 

Please indicate the parish or group with which you are associated.


Posted on January 3, 2017 at 9:47 am

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