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Press Release
October 31, 2013
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Contact: Communications
(850) 488-0420

Martin Correctional Institution to Hold Returning Hearts Celebration to Reunite Families

~Activities will allow children the opportunity to reconnect with their fathers.~

WHAT: On Saturday, November 2, 2013,  AWANA Lifeline prison ministry in partnership with the Florida Department of Corrections will host the first Returning Hearts celebration at Martin Correctional Institution. The event is the first of its kind in the state of Florida, and will reunite more than 150 children with their fathers while they enjoy a day of fun activities, games, food, and crafts.

This event will allow more than 70 inmates the opportunity to reconnect and bond with their children, many whom they have not seen for years.  The program focuses on starting the healing process and giving fathers the chance to begin seeking forgiveness from their children.
WHEN: Saturday, November 2, 2013
8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
WHERE: Martin Correctional Institution
1150 S.W. Allapattah Road
Indiantown, FL 34956
RSVP: Media who wish to attend need to contact the Department of Corrections’ Communications Office at (850) 488-0420 and submit the Media Access Form prior to the event.  Forms must be submitted and approved before access can be granted. No video or photos may be taken without the prior consent and approval from Department staff at the event. No cell phones will be permitted inside the institution.
Directions: Take I-95 to Exit 110 (State Road 714). Go west to 4-way stop sign. Turn right onto SR-609. Martin is approximately three miles on the left side. Turnpike directions: Take turnpike to Stuart exit. Take first left onto State Road 714 to stop sign. Turn right onto State Road 609. The institution is approximately three miles on the left side.

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