CATALYST MINISTRIES

The Path
Initiative

a collaboration between

West Virginia Division of Corrections

West Virginia Department of Education

and Catalyst Ministries

helping inmates focus on specific areas of life

What is The Path Initiative?

The Path Initiative is a collaboration between West Virginia Division of Corrections, West Virginia Department of Education and Catalyst Ministries aimed at helping inmates focus on specific areas of life that will better equip them to reenter society. 

The Relations

The participants should maintain a good relationship within the Department of Corrections community.

The Academics

The participants should have good academic status in order to qualify  for the program.

The Morality

The participants moral behavior will be taken into consideration. They should portray exemplary life-style. 

The Vocations

The participants should have a call to a vocation. The committee would take this into consideratoin.

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Key Areas of The Path Initiative

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THE PATH SERVING AS A LIFE GOAL

The Path will serve as a life coach where goals, commitment, and accountability are coupled with encouragement, support and acknowledgment. 

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THE PATH WILL PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES

The Path will provide its participants with an opportunity to start “wherever they are” in life and begin to make positive life changes that will lead to a well-earned second chance upon release. 

3


THE PATH WILL PROVIDE A REENTRY OPTION WITH THE WEST VIRGINIA REENTRY INITIATIVE PROGRAM

Participants that have clearly earned a second chance by exhibiting positive personal growth through “The Path” will be given priority consideration if they choose to apply to the West Virginia Reentry Initiative (WVRI). The WVRI is an initiative that helps men\women with housing, employment, healthcare, spiritual\mentorship and family reunification.

The PATH Procedural Matters

A committee at each facility will be developed comprised of a designee from WVDOC, Dept. of Education and Catalyst Ministries. The committee will work to provide individual pathway goals for participants. Pathway goals are to be achievable and relevant aimed at providing each participant with a realistic set of expectations and plans regarding their reentry back into today’s fast paced society. The committee will meet monthly, or as needed to evaluate the initiative as well as each participant’s compliance. The committee/designee will meet with each participant monthly to discuss/review individual progress. If a participant fails to meet the jointly agreed upon goals, they may be expelled from the program. If expelled, they may reapply after a 3-month probationary period, and only by unanimous consent of the committee.


There is no restriction to apply other than the applicant must be in good standing within the WV Div. of Corrections.  There are no restrictions relating to “Parole Eligibility Date,” the goal is continued individual progress.  The Path Initiative will be offered as a “volunteer” program, it is not a mandatory inmate program.

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