Workshops Resume at ICF

We are pleased to report that AVP Michigan has resumed activity at Michigan’s Ionia Correctional Facility (ICF). We started with a meeting with the prison administration to reintroduce AVP, and then held a 4-hour meeting with our inside facilitators to check on the viability of getting started again. Then on April 22-24 we held a full Supplemental Training for Facilitators …

Changes at Muskegon Correctional Facility

Volunteer programming is restarting at many Michigan correctional facilities and AVP Michigan is looking at getting going again. As part of this process, we were informed about important changes happening at the Muskegon Correctional Facility (MCF) that directly impact AVP at MCF. In 2019, Hope College partnered with Western Theological Seminary to provide a Christian liberal arts education to incarcerated …

Michigan DOC Halts Prison Visits

The Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) announced on March 13 that they were suspending all in-person visiting with prisoners and all volunteer programming inside the facilities. This was done in response to the need to take measures to halt the spread of the coronavirus 2019. See the announcement here. Thus, AVP Michigan will be halting all inside workshops until the …

AVP Michigan Milestone

In October, the AVP Michigan team completed their 51st 3-day workshop since getting restarted! A lot of work and caring has gone into each session, and to top 50 workshops since our re-launch is quite an accomplishment. Congratulations to all, especially Joyful Joe and Creative Cathy who have provided leadership all the way along.