On September 11, 2013, Mark, Anne, and Ginny Atwood of the Chris Atwood Foundation met with the president of Justice Fellowship, Craig DeRoche, at their headquarters in Landsdowne, Va. The meeting was to discuss opportunities for collaboration on addiction related issues in the criminal justice system.
Justice Fellowship is the policy reform arm of Prison Fellowship, the well-known Christian prison outreach organization founded by former special counsel to Nixon, and convicted felon, Chuck Colson. President DeRoche, a recovering alcoholic, has a personal desire to help change the dialogue on addiction in the criminal justice community. Justice Fellowship addresses policy on a very practical level through lobbying efforts and more, but believes that individual stories from families like the Atwoods have incredible sway in creating policy change. DeRoche expressed his support for the Chris Atwood Foundation's goals, and the F.R.E.A.K.S. program, as well as encouraged the Atwood family to share their story whenever possible. CAF looks forward to future opportunities for us to do that in conjuction with Justice Fellowship.
Also in attendance at the meeting were Executive Director of Advancement, Doug Thorson, and Senior Policy Advisor Heather Rice-Minus. Both have extensive experience in ministry and gave their advice on how CAF can better hone our mission and use our talents.
CAF is grateful for the chance to develop a relationship with Justice Fellowship and the wonderful people there. We can't wait to develop this relationship further.