Family Reconciliation Center, Inc.
P.O. Box 90827
Nashville TN 37209
Family Reunification at TPW
Mission Statement
Family Reconciliation Center (formerly Reconciliation, Inc.) is a nonprofit organization providing services and programs to reach out to youth and families who are victims of crime by promoting family unification and advocacy to strengthen the family unit as a whole and reduce inter-generational incarceration.
Our vision is reconciling husband to wife, parent to child, sister to brother, offender to community. Family Reconciliation Center recognizes that the families of the incarcerated are forgotten victims of crime.

Through individual and family support, assistance and advocacy, the Family Reconciliation Center creates an environment where families can support one another in order to meet their basic physical, emotional, and spiritual needs; strengthen and maintain family bonds throughout the crisis of incarceration; and aid in readjustment upon release of loved ones, thereby reducing recidivism and making a safer community for everyone.
Family Reconciliation Centeris a supportive environment and a healing community for individuals dealing with the effects of life controlling issues of incarceration, addiction, domestic violence, abuse and insufficient empowerment. The goal of the Center is to connect individuals to their community - a network of support- and family reunification.
CEO/Executive Director Malinda Davenport-Crisp Ph.D.
Board Chair Mr. Don Dawson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Attorney; Christ Church Cathedral
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 1984
Former Names
Reconciliation Ministries, Inc.
Reconciliation, Inc.
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Projected Expenses $260,440.00
Projected Annual Revenue $260,500.00 (2016)
Mission Family Reconciliation Center (formerly Reconciliation, Inc.) is a nonprofit organization providing services and programs to reach out to youth and families who are victims of crime by promoting family unification and advocacy to strengthen the family unit as a whole and reduce inter-generational incarceration.
Our vision is reconciling husband to wife, parent to child, sister to brother, offender to community. Family Reconciliation Center recognizes that the families of the incarcerated are forgotten victims of crime.

Through individual and family support, assistance and advocacy, the Family Reconciliation Center creates an environment where families can support one another in order to meet their basic physical, emotional, and spiritual needs; strengthen and maintain family bonds throughout the crisis of incarceration; and aid in readjustment upon release of loved ones, thereby reducing recidivism and making a safer community for everyone.
Family Reconciliation Centeris a supportive environment and a healing community for individuals dealing with the effects of life controlling issues of incarceration, addiction, domestic violence, abuse and insufficient empowerment. The goal of the Center is to connect individuals to their community - a network of support- and family reunification.
Background Reconciliation was established in 1984 as a 501(c)3 agency by the Rev. Mary Catherine "Kaki" Friskics-Warren. While visiting an inmate at a Tennessee prison, she realized the most effective and long-lasting way to assure that prisoners remained loved and cared for throughout incarceration was by serving their families. Her insight was the springboard for identifying families of the incarcerated as forgotten victims of crime and although they are innocent of wrongdoing, they are often blamed and ostracized by friends and the community. To address their unique pain and unmet needs, Reconciliation created programs to meet basic physical, emotional and spiritual needs; to strengthen and maintain family bonds throughout the crisis of the incarceration separation and aid in readjustment upon prison release of their loved ones. A vision of safer communities for everyone would be met by reconciling the offender to their family and community. This is accomplished through programming that supports keeping families together: free weekend lodging that helps to facilitate frequent prison visits to distant families; weekly adult and children group sessions; advocating statewide concerns of inmate's families; community/family education; positive youth development events, providing supplies at prison visitation for children; angel tree and family sponsorship programs; counseling, information and referrals; and publications offering therapeutic tools used by children, supporting family and inmates as well as professionals who work with these three groups. The agency has received numerous awards and recognition including the National Foundation for Improvement of Justice. Funding for services are derived foundation gifts and awards, congregational and individual giving, and through annual fund-raising projects and when available government funding.Reentry is everyone's business and everyone's contribution is crucial.
Impact 2015 Accomplishments
1) Took important initial steps outlined in a strategic plan in the area of board development and advisory board development. 2)  Won a $15,000 grant from McNeeley, Piggott and Fox for assistance in marketing and public relations. 3) Developed a social enterprise called DreamWeave to bring additional opportunities, job training, and sustainability to women in prison and their families. 4) Won a competitive grant from St. Georges Social Enterprise Ministry (Nashville) and seed funding from Joe C. Davis Foundation. 5) Hired a full-time Family & Youth Outreach Specialist to focus on the unique needs of families and at risk teens impacted by incarceration.
2014 Accomplishments
1) Successfully conducted a Women's Intervention Program, therapeutic group based on nonviolent communication and family reunification curriculum to women in supervision at the Davidson County Sheriff's Department. 2) Expanded teen program by hiring a teen outreach specialist to provide services to teens with an incarcerated parent. 3) Successfully changed our name and embarked on process of re-branding the agency after 30 years of outreach to the community.  4). Conducted nearly 1,000 hours of free professional counseling to individuals and families impacted by incarceration and over 700 nights of lodging for those visiting loved ones in local prisons and jails (saving tens of thousands of dollars).

2013 Accomplishments
1) Won a JAG grant through the Dept. of Correction to provide family reunification counseling and therapeutic groups for 75 incarcerated women and their families at Tennessee Prison for Women, Annex (program dates: 9/13-6/14); 2) Met the lodging needs of over 400 individuals expanding hospitality and community outreach assistance through the Guesthouse; 3) Provided support groups and services to 140 families in Separate Prisons and Christmas programs; 4) Launched a new and improved youth outreach program for teens ages 14-19 including the TABLE Project which teaches various hands-on and entrepreneurial skills to plan, build, and market picnic tables. 5) Developed a professional counseling center serving those individuals and families impacted by incarceration where no one is turned away due to inability to pay. 

2012 Accomplishments
1) Met the lodging needs of 125 families. 2) Provided support groups and services to 90 families involved in Separate Prisons, Tennessee's longest running support group for families who have loved ones in a state prison or jail.
3) Faciliated a pre-employment training opportunity for 200 unemployed job seekers.
4) Improve long-term financial & organizational sustainability. The year ended with the successful transition of our new executive director. We took a step in developing the number and efficacy of Board Members by holding a workshop with the assistance of an expert in the field, Kaki Friskis-Warren, which attracted 17 participants, provided a pool of board applicants, & solidified our expectations of the role of board members. 5) Increase funding and garner support. Two fundraisers were held raising $5000 during a concert and auction while also getting the word out about our program.
2013 Goals:
1. To "pump up" our programs. Since it started in 1984, Separate Prisons has helped thousands of families through the painful experience of having a loved one incarcerated. Evidence shows that more can be done to help clients entering our doors. By hiring an Executive Director who is also a licensed mental health service provider (LPC/MHSP), we will be able to provide professionally led, therapy groups, as well as individual, couples and family counseling. We are partnering with Correctional and other non-profit agencies (Project New Beginning & Leaving The Cocoon, to date) to create a successful transition/aftercare programs for families of ex-offenders.
2. Develop programs that have solid points of entry. By reinstituting the Pre-release Family Reunification Counseling program, a pilot partnership inside two prisons and ran from 2008-2010. Funded through the TDOC, the program was hailed as having excellent results like solidifying home plans & increasing family competence. The reunification program will serve 75-100 families including pre-release and aftercare counseling.
3. Create an evaluation tool to effectively measure outcomes. 
Needs We continue pursuing the goal of building a more diverse board. We are in need of social work, education, and more business representation to balance out the strengths of the board, particularly in the areas of marketing, branding, fundraising, and advocacy.  Extensive growth in programs in 2014 has highlighted the need for increased fundraising efforts.  We are planning an additional event, a community breakfast for May 5, 2016. Board development should positively bring about a better overall approach to our fundraising effort. We believe we are making headway as we move toward improved financial stability in the coming years. With that said there will be plenty of hard work and ingenuity required in 2016 to meet our financial goals.
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer Family Reconciliation Center operates a Guest House where family members may lodge while visit their loved one or attend a parole hearing. In-Kind donations include: meals/groceries, toiletries, supplies, letter writing materials, and stamps. We serve as a resource library and referral source to get our families in touch with other agencies.   Reception workers are welcome.  We offer community meals on a regular basis which often need sponsored. Important Ways to Contribute: Sponsor an event, Volunteer in youth or adult program (life skills teacher, childcare, greeter, counselor, mentor - background check required to work with any children). Finally, we maintain two properties and usually have a project or two ready for a Sunday school or any other service worker who is looking for a place to contribute.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Crime & Legal - Related / Crime prevention
Secondary Organization Category Mental Health & Crisis Intervention / Counseling
Tertiary Organization Category Housing, Shelter / Temporary Housing
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Davidson
The Family Reconciliation Center and Guest House are located in Davidson County.   Family Resource clients are from Davidson County, and Guest House residents as well as Family Reunification Program participants are from other Tennessee counties, other states, and even other countries.  The Guest House has 200 open cases, and the Family Resource Center currently serves more than 300 Davidson County families. Everyone is eligible for services who has a family member or loved one incarcerated anywhere in the world. We offer telephonic counseling and Skype for those outside the immediate area.
Board Chair Statement What is often overlooked by the criminal justice system is the relationship between inmates and their families.  The majority of women and men in prison are parents of children under the age of 18. There can be many issues that arise when a parent is incarcerated. It is often stated that when a parent is incarcerated, the children also “do the time.” Children who have parents in prison are more likely to have difficulty in school, and engage in substance abuse, delinquency, and gang related activities. 63% of youth suicides, 85% behavior disorders, 71% of high school dropouts, and 90% of homeless & runaway children are from fatherless homes (US Health and Human Services Census). With a father incarcerated, the child doubles the risk of physical, emotional, or educational neglect. Daughters with an incarcerated father are 71% more likely to have children as teenagers. Children of incarcerated parents are 80% more likely to be incarcerated themselves. A child of an incarcerated parent is 25 times more likely to be incarcerated than the poorest in Appalachia. Children who have a parent in prison are often traumatized from separation and have no support or role models to guide them.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
The Family Reconciliation Center offers assistance to families of the incarcerated. The Center offers programs for the children to give them a sense of purpose and hope. Family reunification, anger management and parenting classes are offered to the incarcerated while they are in prison. A guesthouse increased visits and strengths family ties. The Family Reconciliation Center made a decision 30 years ago to help make a difference in the lives of the incarcerated and their families. We need more help, because the need is so great. Please make a decision to be part of this amazing organization were lives are being changed. 
CEO Statement Family Reconciliation Center is a healing community. That description best suits us. Healing the effects of crime and incarceration. For 30 years now, we have been in the "business" of restoring families and friends of the incarcerated as a hope for loved ones who must be apart from each other.

In 2013, we successfully launched of our Family Reunification Program- a pilot collaboration with the Dept. of Correction and Tennessee Prison for Women. We proactively work with families prior to release to deal with issues that so often negatively impact our clients and lead to relapse and/or recidivism.

Sometimes I even have a difficult time assessing the damage caused by crime and "punishment" upon social network- the community & families... the "silent bleeders" among us.  The damage to social networks starts at the family level and reverberates throughout communities where the families of prisoners are congregated. Locking up someone places an immediate financial and social strain on the rest of the family. An ethnographic study of male incarceration in the District of Columbia found that families lose income, assistance with child care, and bear expenses related to supporting and maintaining contact with incarcerated family members. Dealing with an incarcerated relative causes stress, both from worry about the inmate’s well being and from tension among relatives as they struggle to survive the ordeal. These enormous burdens fall primarily on the shoulders of women care givers, who customarily shore up families experiencing extreme hardship -- women struggling to manage budgets; some may be themselves consumed by addictions; women trying to hold families together when ties are weakened by prolonged absence; women attempting to manage the shame and stigma of incarceration; and women trying to prevent children from becoming casualties of the war on drugs.
Recognizing the harm inflicted on the community as a whole, we must acknowledge that mass incarceration punishes more that the individual. Add the ill effects stemming from a lack of mental health care and substance abuse treatment, we add insult to injury, solve no real problems, and contribute to a moral community decline and a revolving door at the Dept. of Correction.  
It has been a honor to be a member of Reconciliation's team during this year of change as we have embarked on new program development, an agency re-branding, and an agency name change after 30 years of ministry in order that we may thrive in the next era of effective service delivery. It is my prayer that you will consider joining us in some way this year in the business of healing!

Even though the situation in which we work reflects problems in policy and systemic injustice, or other areas such as lack of education or possibly a breakdown in "family values," Family Reconciliation hopes to be an instrument that aids in keeping communication lines open between policymakers, families and the community utilizing best practices in meeting the needs of our clients, building partnerships and  advocacy in order to be a part of the solution for equal justice for all.
Provides free lodging to families visiting a Nashville prison. Inmates receiving no visits are six times more likely to return to prison in their first year of parole than those receiving at least two or three visits per month. Many families can't afford to visit at one of the prisons in Nashville or the Middle Tennessee area. By providing free lodging, hospitality and support to facilitate prison visitation, families are able to preserve family bonds.
In partnership with the Tennessee Department of Correction, family counseling is provided for 75 inmates housed at Tennessee Prison for Women (TPW Annex) within the pre-release program. Classes, therapeutic groups, and counseling is offered with the women's family members during the pre-release phase 3-9 months prior to exiting the facility and after release for aftercare services.
Budget 83600
Category Housing, General/Other Housing, General/Other
Population Served Families, At-Risk Populations, Victims
Short Term Success
The guest house provided shelter for a wife whose husband was executed this year, as well as a center for ministerial support throughout the process.  Another woman was able to spend the last month of her husband's life with him when he was placed at an area hospital.  Weekly reports of usage indicate that the numbers of new cases opened each quarter is steady as well as the return of families who regularly visit the guest house.   The guest house has been able to provide housing for families who participate in programming at the special needs prison.
Long term Success
Visits in prison are known to provide an incentive for conformity, and consequently afford a means of increasing safety for both prisoners and staff.    Participants in this program visit at one of six area prisons, and come from all over Tennessee, the US, and some from other countries.   The program measures success through continued use of the facility by visitors from all the prisons.    Promoted largely from within the prison system by inmates and staff, this program has been in existence for 25 years and currently has 377 open cases as defined by participants who have made contact with the guest house manager within the last two years.
Program Success Monitored By
The success of this program is monitored by the use by families of the incarcerated, which has been steady and consistent.  There are logs that are kept by the house managers.
Examples of Program Success
In conjunction with our family reunification program, families  are able to attend pre-release counseling and therapy groups because they have an affordable place to stay when traveling to Nashville. Families work on communication, building a healthier relationship, strengthen family bonds, and develop a realistic home plan during these visits. Reconciliation can respond to special needs and facilitate adjustment to the stark realities of incarceration.   
Description Two important groups are offered at FRC: Participatory Defense and Separate Prisons.  Sponsored by the Metropolitan Nashville Public Defender’s Office, Participatory Defense Nashville is an opportunity for friends and family of those accused of crime to come together with folks in similar situations to share resources and to learn what they can do to assist in the defense of their loved one.When a family member or a friend is facing criminal charges, it can be an overwhelming time for those who care about them.You are not alone, and there is something you can do to help.
Held the 2nd & 4th Saturday evenings each month at 5pm, Separate Prisons may be one of Nashville's longest standing domestic violence groups.  Domestic violence permeates the families of almost all incarcerated families, and separate prison groups promote the care and well-being of the non-incarcerated head of household.   Substance abuse is also frequently a component of the arrests and an impediment to successful reunification of families.   This group empowers mothers, fathers grandmothers, wives, husbands, siblings, sons and daughters to address the issues of abuse and empower themselves and those they care about.   
Budget 11500
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Peer Counseling
Population Served At-Risk Populations, Families, Victims
Long term Success
Our services begin with the Saturday evening meeting, but involve transformation of victim to survivor and include emergency shelter, advocacy, mediation, and assisting survivors in understanding their needs and wants.   There are times when the incarceration of a family member stops the abuse, but in most cases the removal of that family member increases the risk of abuse by older males who prey on the vulnerabilty of the trauma of the family.   Our long term goal is transformation and empowerment.    We predict 70% of participants will not be victimized in their homes following six months of participation in the separate prison support group.   60% of those seeking mediation with an incarcerated family member will be prepared to participate if desired.   Intervention will be provided for 100% of participants seeking shelter and transition.
Program Success Monitored By We are developing a format for capturing data including a survey (pre-post test) along with counselor notes in order to monitor program success beyond anecdotal support.
Description Prisoners' children are 6-8 times more likely than their cohorts to get into trouble with the law and present a 80% increased probability of future imprisonment. Breaking the cycle of intergenerational incarceration is supported through parenting classes, discussion group forums, therapeutic support groups, and the TABLE Project (an entrepreneurial, hand-on, skill building program), as well as, anger management classes (through Juvenile Court and Woodland Hills Youth Development facility), tuturing, mentoring and a summer leadership training program.  We also assist youth in staying connected with their incarcerated parent through increasing opportunities for visits and phone calls.
Budget 45500
Category Crime & Legal, General/Other Crime Control & Prevention
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, At-Risk Populations, Victims
Short Term Success
90% of youth will improve anger management skills and communication skills.
80% of youth will remain crime-free and stay in school.
Long term Success
75% of youth involved in these efforts will not be arrested during the period of participation.
75% of youth will graduate and apply for college.
90% of participants will attend college or vocational training the year following graduation.
Program Success Monitored By Pre-post testing is being developed this year.
Examples of Program Success Akjia was 16 years old when we met her and  when she began participating in our youth outreach program. Her mother is serving a 15 year sentence at Tennessee Prison for Women. She reported that she was unable to tell anyone about her family programs and was struggling with shame and isolation. She was able to find support and strength, she says, by being involved in the teen program. She became a peer mentor as she excelled in school, graduated, and enrolled into MTSU for college. She found a good paying job as a receptionist at a large auto dealership and got her own apartment. She was able to stay connected with her mother and find peace in her relationship. She currently is 19 years old and serves as a board member for FRC.
Description An innovative social enterprise that brings about reconciliation and creates jobs.We are teaching incarcerated women how to craft fashionable, environmentally-friendly purses, providing classes in business development, communication, marketing, as well as skills in building healthy relationships and women's empowerment, all to support successful reentry into the community at release.Mentoring and volunteer opportunities are available. Details on the program can be found on the website
Budget 35000
Category Employment, General/Other Employment, General/Other
Population Served Offenders/Ex-Offenders, Females, Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
Short Term Success When an individual has been incarcerated, they may experience various adjustment problems or symptoms that can be helped such as: substance abuse, addiction, codependency, couples communication, depression in children, anxiety disorders/panic, institutionalization, stress and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as poor decision making and problem solving skills. In addition, we will strive to reduce barriers facing the formerly incarcerated, including access to housing, work, health care, counseling and job training by providing on-site professional mental health counseling, both individual and family. Plus, referrals will be provided to partner agencies for medical care and housing. We will address special concerns brought about by incarceration such as loss of income, emotional pain, disruptions in family life and social stigma. If left untreated, these symptoms and concerns are correlated with increased recidivism. Basic needs assistance will also be offered (food, clothing, bus passes, etc).
Program Success Monitored By We are in the process of developing a pre-post test to measure improvements. For now, we are monitoring attendance/participation, earned income received, along with outcomes of improved employability and recidivism.
Examples of Program Success Outcomes we are looking for are ability to be self sustaining, including paying off fees/fines, improved home plans (# of women entering halfway housing rather than going home), job skills development, and better job placement post-release
Description When an individual has been incarcerated, they may experience various adjustment problems or symptoms that can be helped. Some areas of special concern for families and individuals who have been incarcerated include the following:alcoholism and addiction, codependency (enabling), couples communication, depression in children, anxiety disorders/panic, institutionalization, stress and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as poor decision making and problem solving skills. ·Professionalcounselors are available by phone or appointment for individual, marriage and family or referral. ·Collaboration with Dismas House in Nashville providing their residents with mental health assessments and services. ·Referral resource to Davidson County Sheriff’s Department and Courts for mandated counseling, anger management, domestic violence cases, and alcohol/drug evaluations and treatment. ·Family Mediation – Supreme Court Rule 31 Listed Family Mediation (professional assistance with co-parenting plans). ·Tennessee Board approved Sex Offiender Treatment Provider.No person is turned away due to type of conviction. ·We turn no one away due to inability to pay.
Budget $50000
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Families, Offenders/Ex-Offenders
Short Term Success
85% of clients will accomplish their treatment goals including to abstain from substance use (stay clean and sober).
90% of clients will improve communication / interpersonal skills.
Long term Success We strive to work with family members and their incarcerated loved ones or probationers to improve life skills such as interpersonal skills, conflict resolution, communication, trust-building, parenting, and emotional intelligence, and anger management.The goal is to reduce recidivism byhelping our clients develop healthy strategies of coping, solving problems, and getting their needs met.
Program Success Monitored By Attendance and participation along with  a review of treatment outcomes / accomplishment of treatment goals.
Examples of Program Success Don was court mandated to attend counseling after his arrest. He reports that he was facing not only the loss of his job but also losing his family due to his offense and use of illegal drugs. He was nervous coming to counseling and admitted to never being in therapy. He worked hard on his recovery and brought his wife and young daughter to be involved as well. He was amazed at the outcomes. A better than ever relationship with his wife, a strong connection as a parent, and the ability to be the man he always wanted to be but "just never could figure out how." He was enthusiastic to write his story for our end-of-year mailer. Although he was a state trooper when he was arrested, he loves his new job and career path in sales.
CEO Comments Volunteer opportunities exist to provide indirect and direct services to families, as well as administrative and organizational support to the office. The Guest House continues to provide housing for visitors of Nashville's local prisons.   Care and maintenance of these properties is predominately provided by volunteers.  The family reunification program is a pre-release program which will serve an additional 75 ex-offenders and their families in the coming year. We offer wraparound services, counseling, mentoring, job coaching, and practical assistance to better ensure our pre-release goals are maintained and even surpassed in assisting our participating families. Funding is needed to provide these additional services.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Don Dawson
Company Affiliation Attorney; Christ Church Cathedral
Term Jan 2015 to Jan 2017
Board Members
Miss. Kayla Brandt Office of the Federal Public DefenderVoting
Mr. JR Davis Winco Media Group, The Project NashvilleVoting
Mr. Don Dawson AttorneyVoting
Ms. Dawn Deaner Davidson County Public DefenderVoting
Mr. Brian Glasser St. Henry's Catholic ChurchVoting
Mr. Tom Hallquist Belmont University, Tennessee Community Resource BoardVoting
Mrs. Darlene Kimbrough Community Volunteer / Christ Church CathedralVoting
Mr. E. Gray Lee St. Georges Episcopal ChurchVoting
Mr. Joe Ravenell Office of the Federal Public Defender / Mt. Zion Baptist ChurchVoting
Mr. Coke Sams Ruckus Film
Miss. Akjia Washington Youth Board RepresentativeVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 70%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 70%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 63%
Does the Board include Client Representation? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Mr. Coke Sams
Company Affiliation Ruckus Film
Term June 2014 to Dec 2016
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Raising
Program / Program Planning
Risk Management Provisions
Automobile Insurance
Commercial General Liability
General Property Coverage
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Improper Sexual Conduct/Sexual Abuse
Professional Liability
Additional Board Members
Mr. Phil LeGrone Christ Church Cathedral
Mr. Ray Sells Community Volunteer
Mrs. Phylis Sells Community Volunteer
Mr. Steve Thomas Thomas & Thorngren
Mr. Robert Van Cleeve
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Malinda Davenport-Crisp Ph.D.
Term Start Jan 2013

Malinda comes to us with 17 years experience working with the incarcerated and their families. She earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Counseling and Supervision from Trevecca Nazarene University. Her area of research involves a set of intrapersonal and interpersonal factors (including family support, self efficacy, and stage of change) which impact ex-offenders during their critical phase of reentry back into society.

Malinda is licensed in the State of Tennessee as a Professional Counselor with Mental Health Services Provider designation. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and Nashville Area Association of Christian Counselors. She is also a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Listed Mediator and Tennessee Approved Sex Offender Treatment Provider.

Malinda earned a Master of Arts in Counseling from Trevecca University in 1995. She graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Science in Human & Organizational Development in 1993.

Malinda completed practicum specializing in addiction and recovery on site at Mending Hearts in Nashville. From 2008-2010, she designed and operated a Family Reunification Counseling program through Leaving The Cocoon where she assisted women and families. The program was funded by a special grant through the Dept. of Correction.  Her doctoral internship was with Associates for Sexual Abuse Prevention where she conducted therapy groups as well as individual and couples counseling. She became an approved sex offender treatment provider for the state of Tennessee in November 2012. Her administrative, grant-writing and program development skills were honed while serving at Men of Valor, Leaving The Cocoon, Restore Ministries of the YMCA, and Project Return, Inc. She was the twice the Co-Chair of the Faith in Corrections Conference, a state-wide consortium promoting partnerships and volunteerism within the faith community, service agencies, and within the Department of Correction. She is an Advisory Board Member of Leaving The Cocoon and a Board Member of the Tennessee Community Resource Board.



Former CEOs
Dr. Ann Charvat 2009 - Dec 2012
Ms Karen Fletcher Jan 1994 - Sept 1999
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 6
Volunteers 100
Contractors 3
Retention Rate 100%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Yes
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Under Development
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? No
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Yes
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network2007
Community Shares1993
Alignment Nashville2008
Family and Corrections Network1985
Tennessee Reentry Collaborative (TREC)2013
American Association of Christian Counselors2015
American Psychological Association2015
Outstanding Contributions in Prison OutreachSociety for the Achievement of African-American Achievements2001
12th Annual Philanthropist Award for Prison OutreachThe Time is Now2000
Finalist -Family Advisory BoardHCA-Frist 1996
Golden Rule AwardNational Foundation for Improvement of Justice1991
Non-profit Management Award (now Frist Awards of Achievement)The HCA Foundation1987
Mary Catherine Strobel Nominee for Volunteer of the Year -- Joyce JamesHands on Nashville2010
Community AwardMinerva Foundation Inc. and Nashville Allumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.2012
Senior Staff
Title Executive Director
CEO Comments
Family Reconciliation Center is fertile ground and it has a strong roots.
We work with difficult issues; unpopular ones. Anthony M. Kennedy, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States stated, "The subject of prisons and corrections may tempt some of you to tune out. You may think, “Well, I am not a criminal lawyer. The prison system is not my problem. I might tune in again when he gets to a different subject.” In my submission you have the duty to stay tuned in. The subject is the concern and responsibility of every member of our profession and of every citizen. This is your justice system; these are your prisons. The Gospels’ promise of mitigation at judgment if one of your fellow citizens can say, “I was in prison, and ye came unto me,” does not contain an exemption for civil practitioners, or transactional lawyers, or for any other citizen." Difficult discussions may include, "Should the commission of a crime and incarceration be grounds to abandon a marriage?" "How can families with only one income and the added expense of visitation maintain their vows?"  or "How can families with small children even afford to work?"
Our principals of family reunification have prevailed in countless situations. We've seen families strengthened in the face of an arrest, and we've seen families destroyed. We know that children are tasked with the developmental and spiritual requirement of honoring their parents, but not their parents' behavior. We know that kids need access to their incarcerated parents. It can be difficult to translate the needs of this community into a narrative that potential donors will consider, understand and support. It is my goal to develop excellent, evidence based programming which is an outcome of a healthy redeemed community of "misfits" and "ex-offenders." It needs to be initially supported by those who have possibly "been there, done that" or it could be those who recognize "there but by the grace of God go I." Wherever you are when you hear these families' stories, we invite you to join us in our mission.  
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2016
Projected Revenue $260,500.00
Projected Expenses $260,440.00
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$130,150$115,354$83,695
Administration Expense$26,090$14,743$12,447
Fundraising Expense$9,973$5,697$4,934
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.730.893.48
Program Expense/Total Expenses78%85%83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue8%5%7%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$214,763$257,347$271,084
Current Assets$214,017$256,767$270,117
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$4,506$2,619$592
Total Net Assets$210,257$254,728$270,492
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities47.5098.04456.28
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts and Grants $106,488Contributions, Gifts & Grants $119,698Sales of Assets $286,013
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants $15,000Investment Income $1,507Contributions, Gifts & Grants $66,080
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $254 --Interest Income $4
IRS Letter of Exemption
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires June 2017
Organization Comments In 2013, we sold a property which held our Guesthouse. The financials reflect an "unrestricted" asset which in actually is to be allocated to the purchase of another property to operate our Guesthouse or Center. In the meantime, we operate our Guesthouse through a rental agreement with St. Luke's Community House. Financial Comments
Financial figures taken from the 990.
Financials provided by Jim Durham CPA.
Comments provided by Kathryn Bennett 6/7/16.
Nonprofit Family Reconciliation Center, Inc.
Address P.O. Box 90827
Nashville, TN 37209
Primary Phone (615) 554-5075
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Malinda Davenport-Crisp Ph.D.
Board Chair Mr. Don Dawson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Attorney; Christ Church Cathedral
Year of Incorporation 1984
Former Names
Reconciliation Ministries, Inc.
Reconciliation, Inc.

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