Through Challenges and Adversity, We Build Strength!
Hi Friends, Blameless and Forever Free Ministries is excited to announce and introduce our new Women’s Director, Donna Sieverin, who will help lead our women incarcerated towards healing and wholeness at Folsom Women’s Facility. God was generous in blessing Blameless with Donna to help facilitate our programming, “Suffering in Silence,” to the many women behind bars at FWF.
Donna understands generational dysfunction as well as how God sees endless potential for redemption. God pursues and His Love never relents!
Being adopted by parents who were doing their best as alcoholics to raise their children, along with masking over the pain delivered from the sting of abandonment and rejection, this slowly led Donna to find more comfort and dependency on her next fix; you know, getting high just to get by. This substance misuse led her spiraling down a highway to hell with absolutely no exit or offramp.
Several arrests later and a couple incarceration stays for numerous crimes devoted solely to satisfy her fix, Donna found Jesus in prison all due to an honorable judge in drug court who believed in a different approach.
Donna was blessed to have her record expunged, and her heart wants to lean into helping other women find peace and God’s Great Love in their lives so they can be a productive member of society and be accepted as our new neighbor.
All lives have value! We can’t forget, 95% of our incarcerated residents are going to be our neighbor some day; ready or not, here they come. Let’s embrace them with rehabilitative programming and BE READY!
When we let God have our lives, He can do far more with it than even we dare to imagine!
The Depth Of Our Pain Is An Indication Of The Pinnacle Awaiting In Our Future!
Everybody’s screaming for a different story right now, drinking and smoking more, through all the unknowns, the diseases, the division, and the despair from loneliness and death, but I’M NOT!!!
Honestly, I am suffering with my greatest health crisis ever right now, but my Lord doesn’t leave us to our own strength to conquer these summits alone. He simply asks us to trust and remember that when we’re weak, He is strong!
I admit, when the physical and emotional pain is unbearable and you literally can’t move, sometimes crying me a Noah’s Flood is the only thing moving in full force!
But the Lord said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
The depth of our pain is an indication of the pinnacle awaiting in our future.
When we experience trauma, our trust in the world, our relationships, and ourselves are often broken. We heal in community and in relationship with others, not suffering ALONE in silence and isolation.
Blameless and Forever Free Ministriesis an ACEs-aware nonprofit organization, which is part of an initiative of the Office of the California Surgeon General and the Department of Health Care Services, offering Medi-Cal providers training, clinical protocols, and payment for screening children and adults for ACEs.
Together we are working to raise awareness about the effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in hopes of building a healthier community and a brighter future for our children and future generations.
The importance of acknowledging our stressors of the past in order to thrive in the present along with practical tips to build greater resilience requires understanding how our earlier experiences influence our relationships today.
Prevention is intervention. We have to invest heavily into people’s lives and transform our prisons into healing centers! 95% of our incarcerated population will be released and will become our neighbors. If we want safe communities, we need to investNOW into their lives through rehabilitation programs leading to redemption. That requires prevention.
Blameless and Forever Free Ministries aims for Folsom State Prison to be an iconic symbol of healing and wholeness where all parties (incarcerated people along with staff) transform culture together through trauma-informed practices.
Our residents inside our prisons need healing and wholeness to overcome their addiction, their anxiety, their depression, and the anger caused by a childhood filled with the trauma of abuse, neglect and household dysfunction. This trauma we’re speaking of occurs before their 18th birthday. Our families are broken and this is where we get to change the paradigm and work proactively together.
Blameless was created to provide curriculum and programs that help break the cycle of intergenerational and systemic trauma and crime. With our prisons being in lockdown for almost a year, we have our work cut out for us once we’re allowed entry back into the prisons. Lives suffering in silence and isolation poses a threat to both the individual and the stability of the setting. Connection is vital to stable mental health.
When people learn what adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are, what the typical responses are to trauma, it helps them understand themselves; why they react instead of responding, those ugly, pesky triggers; that they’re not crazy; they understand their own feelings and their behaviors, which is part of the work we’re doing and what we’re trying to help them understand.
Our men and women in prison have the highest ACE scores. Amazingly, if you have four or more ACEs, you’re seven times more likely to be incarcerated in your lifetime. We can’t forget, these traumas occur before age 18; that’s catastrophic for everyone.
Even myself, I have a score of 7 ACEs out of 10. It was bythe grace of God ONLY that He turned my traumas and household dysfunction into vessels of love and healing to engage with and walk alongside of those who are hurting, abandoned, rejected and traumatized.
I also humbly did the work because I saw what trauma has done to generations of my own amazing family and I wanted this curse severed.
Somebody has to initiate CHANGE! I pray it’s you…
As I often share my own painful traumas, I am a survivor of violent crimes (yes, plural). I was married into law enforcement. I have been a commissioned chaplain since 2010, and I also had a son incarcerated due to his own deep hurts of anger brought on by trauma growing up. I’ve worn many hats on every side of this revolving door while working in the criminal justice system, but I refuse to hide underneath a mourning veil when there are lives in need of hope and healing.
There is no shame in our game; Jesus is His Name! And I pray relentlessly that you can understand that prevention is intervention and it starts with us, all of us, especially the Body of Christ, NOW!!! There’s no time to waste. Time is a valuable commodity.