World's First Online White Collar Support Group Celebrates 150th Meeting, April 22nd
For nearly 3 years (150 consecutive weeks), the nation's first and only online, confidential white collar/nonviolent support group meets
By: Progressive Prison Ministries
Jeff Grant, J.D., M.Div., who developed and hosts the meeting, explained the significance of the milestone meeting. "We are extremely proud that this group gets bigger and better each week. When we started the group three years ago, we had a dream that people with white collar/nonviolent criminal justice issues living in shame, guilt, fear and isolation could form a supportive community. Together, participants can accept responsibility for behaviors, make amends, and embrace a new life of compassion, empathy and kindness. The group supports each other and reaches out to others suffering in silence."
Every Monday evening, Progressive Prison Ministries, through its popular criminal justice resource site https://prisonist.org/
"While everyone who participates in the forum has been prosecuted for a white collar or nonviolent crime, the group is solution oriented and dedicated to understanding and encouragement,"
Several individuals from the group have volunteered their testimonies online (http://prisonist.org/
"This support group has given me an opportunity to share my thoughts, concerns and emotional trauma with a compassionate and understanding group of people who all traveled a similar journey…" said Jeffrey Abramowitz, Pennsylvania
"Finding the group was such a turning point for me as I was lost. The group helped me with my immense feelings of guilt and how to overcome issues that I never knew would exist for me…" Jacqueline Purcell, Connecticut
"I wish that there would have been a White-Collar Support Group when I got out of prison over ten years ago… my pain curve would not have been so steep." Douglas Mairena, Virginia
Grant explained, "Most white-collar criminals can't go back to their old lives and careers, so what choice do they really have? Why not embrace a completely new life, with new options, and new opportunities centered on spirituality and doing the right things? The most fortunate are those who figure out that their attempts to solve problems in isolation are not working, and that they no longer have to go it alone."
Those who would like to participate each week, Progressive Prison Ministries sends out login instructions with a unique link for that week's meeting. Participants choose to login via video on a computer, tablet or smart phone that is equipped with a camera, or audio only via phone. Support group information and contact information is at https://prisonist.org/
About Progressive Prison Ministries (https://prisonist.org/):
About Progressive Prison Ministries' Co-Founders: Co-founders Jeff Grant (https://prisonist.org/
For additional information, contact: Rev. Jeff Grant, J.D., M.Div., T: (203) 405-6249; E-Mail: email@example.com, www.prisonist.org.
Media contact: Greg Walsh, Walsh PR, 203-292-6280