Our Programs are strength-based, developed in partnership with the populations we serve, and offered in a safe environment where participants feel that they belong, learn concepts, master skills, exercise independent thinking and living, and give back and pay forward.


At the Lifeline Reentry Center: 

  • Participants spend 4,046 hours per week (202,300 per year) in programming

  • Workers spend 1,330 hours per week (66,500 per year) on programming

  • Total programming hours equal 268,800 annually

  • Weekly attendance in all programs is 800–1,000 men

  • Programming is 100% voluntary










"HBC is not just programming,
it's a way of life."

Our clients tell us that the word "programming" does not adequately capture the personal growth, improved well-being and cultural shift that they experience within Healing Broken Circles.


Programs are essential and many of the men who come to us have significant gaps in education and life skills. For this reason we focus strongly on learning, but we focus just as strongly on behavior and culture.


All of us together—volunteers, staff (both inside and outside), contractors, visitors, coaches, mentors and participants—are responsible for our environment. As such, each one of us endeavors to "live what we learn" and engage with a deep understanding of each person's inherent worth, dignity and capability. 

Currently, we do most of our work at the Lifeline Reentry Community Center inside of Marion Correctional Institution, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (ODRC). We also provide reentry services outside of prison in various settings.


  • Funding
    Specific programs are funded through a contract with ODRC. Others rely on grants, private foundations and individual donors. 


  • Schedule
    The LifeLine Center is open seven days a week and is staffed by HBC contractors weekdays from 7:30AM–3:30PM, and three nights a week until 8:00PM.


  • Staff
    HBC provides full- and part-time staff for Lifeline, as well as many volunteers who bring their expertise to this work.


  • Participants
    Many prison programs have restrictions on who they are allowed to serve based on conditions such as, length of time until release, age, education level and conduct.  At Healing Broken Circles, we are fortunate that we are able to be open to everyone. 
    We believe everyone has capabilities and should be offered the opportunity and support needed to thrive. We serve the men that others have given up on, or seem to have given up on themselves, as well as the already motivated and striving. 




MISSION: To invest in people, seeking to reduce the skill gap, and preparing people for middle-skill jobs that require some form of postsecondary training but not a bachelor’s degree. To support people in becoming effective workers who can maintain, persevere and problem-solve. 



  • Computing Skills: basic (Microsoft Office) and advanced (MOS testing and certification)

  • Agile Factory: Test-driven software development,
    Coding In The Clink, PrizTech technical conference

  • Digital Arts: Design, Video editing, Audio engineering

  • Language for Understanding: Spanish, French, Arabic, ASL

  • Leadership Development: facilitator training, conflict intervention and team-building.

  • Emotional Intelligence Gamified

  • Event planning: TEDx in prison, OneBillion Rising

"Turning Professional"
Workforce Development & Job Readiness


HBC provides programming in FIVE SERVICE AREAS 

  "Before I started LifeLine I knew nothing or very little about computers, Now I look forward to a career in digital animation." —Marcellus B.

  "I have been in prison for 20 years; I never thought I’d be on a computer doing anything! I am thankful that I have been allowed to learn many things, too many to name. They just support what I want to do. It's a whole community." —Tyrone P.

"Lifeline has been a great outlet for me, and makes it possible for me to make the changes I need to be making."  —Jeremiah

"GPS has given me something else to think about. I'm more comfortable talking to people now, and don’t judge right off the bat before I get to know someone. I understand thinking styles too, so I try to get where he is coming from before I get pissed off." —Raphael S




MISSION: Create pedagogical opportunities by (a) encouraging self-learning and shared-learning, (b) acquiring relevant materials and guidance and (c) partnering with experts who instruct, coach and challenge learners.



  • Advanced Math

  • University Inside: Workshops with college professors

  • Philosophy, Critical Thinking, Logic & Current Events

  • Program aide work & training 

  • Udacity: CS101 and Khan Academy

"Thinking People"
Advanced & Continuing Education 

MISSION: Develop programs that create connections and allow people to link in healthy, life-giving ways, provide skills and knowledge that encourage the growth of relationships, based on self-awareness and generosity.



  • GPS (Growth - Potential - Self-awareness): Relationship  skills and conflict management

  • H.O.P.E (Helping Ourselves/Others Pursue Excellence)

  • Finding Your “It” (FYI) for under 25s

  • Franklin County Fatherhood Project (Pilot)

  • Compassionate Communication

"True Potential"
Community & Self-Awareness

MISSION: Develop programs that establish a foundation for wellness, and provide specific skills and instruction that encourage informed decision-making and action about wellness issues.



  • Yoga

  • Meditation

  • Interfaith Dialogue

  • Turning Tide of Trauma

"Thriving  Path"
Caring for Mind, Body & Spirit

MISSION: Make space and provide support for creativity and self-expression, for healthy expression of feelings, and for opportunities to showcase talent.



  • Theater of Conviction

  • Take That Back Improv

  • Recovery Services Improv

  • Convicted Lyrics: Poetry

  • Writing Club

  • Rhythm in Blues: Step & Drums

"Talented Performers"
Art & Creativity

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