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CSS classes teach inmates how to

build/re-build relationships

By DAVID MYERS
Southwest Kansas Register

When the doors open and an inmate of the Finney County Jail steps into freedom, they may suddenly find themselves rebuilding a relationship with someone they left behind weeks, months, or even years before.
Thanks to Catholic Social Services, inmates now have the opportunity of taking classes prior to their release in building positive relationships.
Taught by Brooke Hamlin-Lopez since September, 2009, and more recently with the help of Susan Hendershot – both of whom work for Catholic Social Service in Garden City -- the class is presented to up to eight single male inmates at a time for a period of five weeks. “What I started out with was teaching a hodge-podge of relationship-building skills in general, taken from different programs,” Hamlin-Lopez said. “There was no particular curriculum.”
Soon after she began teaching the class, the Center for Children and Families in Garden City offered her funding to train with a program entitled, “Within My Reach,” which offers specific outlines and lesson plans for teaching relationship-building. The organization also purchased workbooks for the inmates.
The program, she said, allows inmates to “look at their own morals and goals in order to help them find a good mate. But it also works well with people in relationships, because we talk about expectations, the danger signs of relationships, and problem behaviors.”
Hamlin-Lopez and Hendershot have five men in their current class, for which there is always a long waiting list.
“Many of these men may have several children from different relationships,” Hamlin-Lopez explained. “Eventually these men get out and have a relationship with the mother of their children, and with the children in some way. They may have been incarcerated for very long time. It’s very important to teach them these skills.”
Hamlin-Lopez, who is teaching her ninth class, described one lesson that includes having the men draw their image of what marriage is like.
“Some of them draw tornadoes, while others may draw a rainbow on one side and a thunderstorm on the other. Then we talk about their vision and about what they want in their relationship.”
Hendershot noted that the program asks tough questions of the inmates, such as how they would feel if their child wound up in jail.
“They answer, ‘Oh, no. I wouldn’t want them to go through what I want through,’” Hendershot said. “We tell them, ‘You have to be there for your kids even if things aren’t perfect.’
“The class is very interactive,” Hendershot said. “They ask a lot of questions. The hour goes by very fast.”
Once they are released from jail, CSS networks with enough other agencies that they can refer them to the proper organization should they show up at the door seeking help in finding a job or other financial assistance.
“I’ve had several wives come in who need help getting food assistance, or they need help with the electric bill,” Hamlin-Lopez said. “We help navigate them where to go to get that help. I may help them get on SRS (Social Rehabilitation Service) assistance.  We help them look for employment. Several have wanted to sign up for Marriage for Keeps program offered by CSS.”
The feedback from the inmates has been positive. When asked what he had learned from the program, one inmate answered, “How to handle situations the right way. How to go about making my relationships work.”
Hamlin-Lopez said she wanted to “thank the jail administrator, Mark Welch, for giving us the opportunity to go in and do this. He worked very well with our agency. We’re very appreciative of him.”

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Oct. 14, 2018

Sept. 16, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: 2018 Golf Classic; student athletes; physically challenged; Leonard Stegman; Lesson in forgiveness; Sending us on a mission

Sept. 2, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Priest crisis; Scandal; Opioid addictions; Seeds of Suicide; Leightons; St. Anne; Vincke; seminarians; Dominican Sisters; Stewardship Conference; Dead Sea Scrolls; PSR programs; Roe V. Wade

 

August 12, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Prayer and Action; Totus Tuus; Janee Bernal; Diana Ramirez; Heidy Ramirez; Bishop Gilmore honored for 20 years ministry; suicide; contraception and abortion; Dead Sea Scrolls; Humanae Vitae; certification in youth ministry; Chuck Weber; Cathedral rectory chapel; Sister Viola Heichelbech; Adam Urban

July 15, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Immigration Protest/Rally; Faith and Light Fiesta; Seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls; Corpus Christi procession; Prayers for priests; Sisters turn 100; Michael Brungardt; Gerald Vincke; Massacre in San Salvador; Action for Alex 

 

June 3, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Parish Pray for Priestly Vocations; Appeal reaches $10 million; Gangs; Seminarians; Pam Willis; Why I like being a priest; Happy Father's Day; Patricia Lujan; Tyler and Rachel Bennett; Adoption Protection Act.

May 20, 2018
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation

May 6, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Archbishop Romero; Seeing, Touching, Tasting; Exhortation; Father Patrick Conroy; Happy Mother's Day; A child on your doorstep; Vibrant Ministries Grant; From the heart of a young father; Love Gives Life; Roman Holiday; Smartphone; retirement
Fossil Hunting

 

April 15, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Easter Vigil; Angelica Village; Colorado woman; The art of anger; Cimarron Couple; Staats; Adoption; 

Father Ultan Murphy anniversary; Coughlan; Spiritual Advisor to Hoodlums; Woman of Courage; Oration contest; Darcy Feist  

 

April 1, 2018

 

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Defending Adoption; Led by the Spirit; Knights; ABC Pregnancy Center;
Memorial of Mary; Homeless; Relics; Down syndrome abortion; Chrism Mass

 

March 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: SKYAC; Aleksandr Men; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; Uganda; School for deaf; Rannah Evetts; Oberle; Rachel and Doug Trombley; Oscar Romero; Paul VI; DACA

 

 

March 4, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Fasting for priestly vocations; Father Juan; Fasting and prayer;
Quest Weekend 2018; DACA; With God, anything is possible; Homelessness in our communities; Rhubarb, Kansas;
What's the point of fasting; Rite of Election; same-sex couples

 

Feb. 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Catholic Schools Week; Rachel Doll; Ellinwood; Great Bend; Garden City; Ness City; Dodge City; Sister Rita Schwarzenberger; Nigeria; Bishop Hermes; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; World Day for Consecrated Life; 50th Anniversary St. Dominic School; What will life be like in 50 years?

 

 

Feb. 4, 2018

 

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: March for Life; Tracy and Ross Smith; Adoption; Vibrant Ministries; Faith and Light;
Pro-Life; Mortal sin to discard elderly; DACA; Abortion; Dreamers; Human Trafficking

 

Jan. 21, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Louise Korbe; Anne Frank; Miep Gies; Home Heat; Father Solanus

 

Jan. 7, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Good news and kingdom living; dreamers; Sister Teresa Orozco; Infant Adoption; Elderly; a moral conundrum; seminarian; feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

 

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