"Our Most Important Tour to Date."
After being overwhelmed by stories of isolation, despair and suicides among inmates in 2020, we enter 2021 with a clearer sense of who we are and a deeper knowledge of the difference that we can make in the lives of inmates, staff and their families. We're overjoyed that our physical tours will resume, in accordance with DOC guidelines, this Christmas.
That's right! Emmanuel, God With Us is scheduled to finally hit the road again on November 27th!
If you’ve been on a tour with Timothy’s Gift, you already know the impact that's felt when we call an inmate by name, sing them Happy Birthday, invite them to sing along, and give them the gifts of music, friendship and communion. And this experience is never more needed than at Christmas.
We call our events “concerts,” but looking deeper, they are experiences of an inmate's own worth, humanity, and their belovedness of God. This focus, as much as any official program we've seen to date, has transformed prison cultures, lowered recidivism, and helped thousands of inmates improve their odds of a safe, empathetic, and productive life upon their release.
Our philosophy is that every crisis – emotional, spiritual or societal – is a crisis of identity. And through our programs, we aim to help restore broken identities and stop the corrosive effects of cynicism through compassion, encouragement, and yes, plenty of MUSIC! Indeed, embedded in each show is a simple three-part message:
You are loved.
You have great worth.
You are not forgotten.
Every Timothy's Gift Christmas tour reaches approximately 3,000 inmates and staff, and costs over $21,000, all in. This is equivalent to buying each inmate a $7 ticket to one of our concerts—something we rely on you, our supporters for. And this year, we need you more than ever... because they need you more than ever.
Thank you immensely for your generosity to date, and we ask that you please help us continue the good work that lies before us. We roll out by faith on November 27th!