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CARESCall, May 21, 2019: Join us Tuesday to hear from people featured in CNN’s powerful show, “The Redemption Project”!

Monday, May 20th, 2019
Jason Clark (right) with Mariah Lucas at her graduation in May 2019.

Did you miss this call? Click on this link to listen to a recording! This Tuesday we hope you’ll join us for an exclusive, deeply personal story told especially for CARESCall listener.

Mariah Lucas’ mother was murdered. It’s hard to imagine surviving that loss. Perhaps even harder to imagine is her decision to sit down with Jason Clark, the man convicted of the crime. 

Ms. Lucas and Mr. Clark chose to meet through a victim-offender dialogue led by Javier Stauring of the group, Healing Dialogue and Action

The results were life-changing for them.  Hearing their story could be life-changing for you. 

Their meeting inspired Van Jones, and ultimately they were featured in the new CNN series, “The Redemption Project,” which is currently airing on Sunday evenings. This week we have the honor of having them on the CARESCall where they will tell their story with a special focus for families and friends of people in prison. As always, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions. 

Prior to their meeting, Mr. Stauring prepared them separately, helping them get ready for whatever might happen. This type of dialogue focuses on providing answers for surviving family members, and gives the person who committed the crime an opportunity to take responsibility for his or her actions. It is a step towards repairing the damage caused by the crime. 

Ms. Lucas and Mr. Clark’s dialogue had a profound impact on their lives, and they formed a deep connection. Hear what happened the day they met, what they are doing now, and their hopes about what will come from sharing this powerful story with the world.

May 21, 2019 at
8:00 pm
Jason Clark, Mariah Lucas, and Javier Stauring

All are welcome!
Call: (515) 604-9384 Code: 313882#

About Jason Clark
Mr. Clark returned home after serving 23 years in prison and is active in the restorative justice movement. He is the program coordinator at Healing Dialogue and Action. He also works with InsideOUT Writers, an organization that uses creative writing as a way to reduce juvenile recidivism. There, he is helping to develop The Redemption Podcast.  He is a member of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition, assisting people as they are released from prison. Before joining Healing Dialogue and Action, Mr. Clark worked as a case manager at the Homeless Outreach Program in Los Angeles. He has lobbied in Sacramento, advocating for restorative justice-focused bills. He lives with his girlfriend in Los Angeles, and they enjoy exploring food festivals and shows in the city.

About Mariah Lucas
Ms. Lucas credits the dialogue with Mr. Clark with altering her career trajectory. In the last three years she has volunteered with organizations across the country and helped implement strategies to increase awareness, healing, and forgiveness as ways to reduce the cycle of crime and victimization. A recent graduate of DeVry University and trained in justice administration, Ms. Lucas plans to start her own non-profit. She is dedicated the idea that all people are worthy of happiness, peace, and love, regardless of what they have been through. Her memoir, “I Became: The Stories Within My Scars,” recounts her abusive upbringing. She hopes her book will inspire strength in others to speak out against their abusers. Ms. Lucas lives in Texas, is married, and the mother of three children. 

About Javier Stauring
Mr. Stauring is the executive director of Healing Dialogue and Action (HDA), and has spent his entire career accompanying young people in the juvenile and criminal justice systems, survivors of crime, and families of both. Prior to joining HDA, Mr. Stauring served as the co-director of the Office of Restorative Justice of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, where he managed the largest Catholic detention ministry program in the nation, as well as the victims’ ministry. He is committed to the radical transformation of the juvenile and criminal justice systems. Mr. Stauring was instrumental in the production of “The Redemption Project.” He mediated two of the featured victim-offender-dialogues (VODs) and through his connections with the California Department of Corrections ensured the production of four other VODs which took place in prisons. He believes in the principles of restorative justice which call for reconciliation and healing of victims, offenders, and their communities.

CARESCall, May 7, 2019: Two people, recently paroled, give advice on how to create a great transition home.

Monday, May 6th, 2019

Did you miss this call? Click on this link to listen! On this CARESCall, we welcome two incredible people who have recently paroled after many years in prison. Home for just a few months, Lynn Noyes and Leif Taylor are embracing life and already giving back to their communities. Tuesday night, they will share their experiences of adapting to life outside of prison. Join us to hear what it has been like to adjust to a transitional home, learn new skills, and navigate personal and professional obstacles. They will offer advice and take your questions.

If welcoming home a loved one is in your future, this is a great opportunity to hear how you can be the best possible support during their transition.

Lynn Noyes.

About Lynn Noyes:
Lynn Noyes is a Navy veteran, a domestic violence survivor, and mother of two. Sentenced to 25-years-to-life for crimes that, in part, involved self-defense, she returned home in December, 2018. While incarcerated, Ms. Noyes focused on acquiring skills to help others, and she gained an impressive array. She became a grief counselor, helping women in prison cope with loss. Ms. Noyes knew what it meant to grieve in prison: She lost her 21-year-old daughter to suicide. While at Valley State Prison, she started a domestic violence educational program known as Living Outside Violence Everyday (LOVE). When she was moved to Central California Women’s Facility, she started the LOVE program there, and additionally worked in the prison hospice program. Ms. Noyes built up her leadership skills through advocacy work inside prison with the groups, Justice Now and Survived and Punished. She also was trained to facilitate restorative justice discussions.

Ms. Noyes is currently at a veteran’s transitional center, residing in Monterey County. She is an active volunteer, attends lifer parole meetings, and enjoys dancing, drumming, and running.

Leif Taylor.

About Leif Taylor:
At age 16, Leif Taylor was sentenced to Life in Prison without Parole (LWOP). Incarcerated for over 26 years, a new law made parole possible, and Mr. Taylor was welcomed home in January, 2019. Early on in prison, Mr. Taylor reflected on how his actions affected his victim’s family and his own. He turned his life around and pledged to never commit acts of violence again. However, due to his LWOP sentence, initially Mr. Taylor was not allowed to participate in programming in prison. He was able to start while fighting his case in county jail, obtaining a high school diploma and certificates of achievement from self-help groups. By the time Mr. Taylor went to board, he had an impeccable record with no disciplinary write-ups. He credits his church and faith in sustaining him.

Mr. Taylor now works with Caltrans, beautifying landscapes, roads, and beaches, and he is an active member of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition. He has gone to Sacramento, where he advocated for youth justice bills. He currently resides at a transitional home in Los Angeles County and has a brother and sister-in-law as his support system. Mr. Taylor was able to see his mother for the first time this past week since being released.

This is going to be a CARESCall that you do not want to miss!

May 7, 2019,
8:00 PM

How to Live a Fulfilling Life While Navigating Parole
Lynn Noyes and Leif Taylor

All are welcome!
Call: (515) 604-9384 Code: 313882#