Dads at Kyle Facility Reunite with Children during Special Daylong Event

Fathers at the Kyle Correctional Center in Texas embraced their children during a special event that brought families together.

“I had an awesome day,” said Joseph Turner. “The time I spent with my son was amazing. We were able to kick back and enjoy each other. And I haven’t seen my son in over seven years, so, just getting back and reacquainted with him—it was beautiful.”

The event was organized by dozens of volunteers with Forgiven Ministry. The goal: to strengthen and heal families so that when these men are released from prison, they’ll be less likely to re-offend.

“It brought me closer to my son and daughter,” added Angel Olivo. “They’re a bit older; nine and ten years old, and I’ve been locked up all their lives.”

Fathers and their children played games, posed for pictures, learned sign language, heard from special visitors, and even danced.

“I didn’t even know that my kids are like I am, an artist. You know, I learned a whole lot today, like their favorite colors. You know, my daughter’s favorite color is my favorite color.”

The daylong event was filled with laughter, joy, and reflection as these men paused to consider what’s most precious in their lives.

Holding a picture of him and his four children, Ruben Williams explained why this event was so important.

“I had a wonderful time with them, being able to show them different things and learn different things about them; as well as [what] they are learning about me. This was a blessed opportunity for each and every man that was in the program.”