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Media Advisory
July 18, 2014
For More Information
Contact: Communications
(850) 488-0420

Grand Opening of Worship Center at Hardee Correctional Institution

WHAT: Media are invited to the Grand Opening of worship/multi-purpose center at Hardee Correctional Institution.  It will begin with a recognition ceremony and lunch for staff and guests, follow with a tour of the new center and include a worship service hosted by Life Point Church.
WHEN: Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: Hardee Correctional Institution
Training Building
6901 State Road 62
Bowling Green, Florida 33834
WHY: Re-entry is a collection of educational, vocational, substance interdiction, life skills and counseling programs provided to inmates in an effort to reduce recidivism. The Department of Corrections, through a partnership with God Behind Bars (GBB) and Life Point Church of Tampa, streamlines worship services for Hardee Correctional Institution.   GBB offers a comprehensive re-entry model that’s implemented in four phases:  Phase 1 - God Behind Bars partners with a church near a prison and streamlines live worship service into the facility.   Phase 2 – Celebrate Recovery.  Phase 3 – Pre-release programs and services facilitated by volunteers.  Phase 4 – Post-release programs and services including but not limited to: family reunification; mentoring; employment preparation; assistance with locating housing; transportation; and a variety of wrap-around services.

If you wish to attend the Grand Opening of Worship Center at Hardee Correctional Institution, please contact the Department of Corrections Communications Office at (850) 488-0420 prior to the scheduled graduation, as attendees will need to complete and submit a Media Access Form.

Please note: No video or photos may be taken without the prior consent and approval from Department staff at the event. No cell phones or cameras will be permitted inside the institution.

Directions to Hardee Correctional Institution at 6901 State Road 62, Bowling Green, Florida 33834: Take I-75 to Parrish exit, take Moccasin Wallow Road. Travel east to end of Highway 301. Turn right onto Highway 301 and travel south. Cross over railroad tracks and take an immediate left onto SR-62. Travel east approximately 25 miles. The Institution is located on the right. Turn right onto Allapattah Road (Institutional property). (Institution is approximately 12 miles west from Hwy-17.)

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