Passages, Inc. History & Mission
At a small desk in his attic in 2000, Rev. Dr. Brian Moore committed himself to strengthening urban families. As the son of a single mother raised in public housing in Cleveland’s dangerous Central neighborhood and as an urban minister for 25 years at that time, Dr. Moore recognized that the families of incarcerated men were in crisis. His experience as a prison chaplain opened his eyes to the corrections system’s residual, and often invisible, victims; the children and families of the convicted. It became unbearably clear to Dr. Moore that a sentence of 1 or 2 years feels like eternity to an innocent child who has no way of reaching his incarcerated mom or dad. This led Dr. Moore to secure a van that was more than a transportation vehicle; it was also a healing vehicle. He began transporting family members to visit loved ones in correctional facilities all over Ohio. With Dr. Moore’s help, children visited their convicted mothers in Marysville (central Ohio), and they visited their convicted fathers at the state’s other 33 institutions. As a result, severed families began to sew themselves back together.
Today, Passages, Inc. (Passages) is a valuable partner in fostering change and creative solutions to reach families paralyzed by generational poverty; helping to move those families towards self-sufficiency and brighter futures. Passages and our partners provide workforce development trainings, father and child retreats, family retreats, black and brown dialogues (dialogues between African American families and Hispanic families; custody and visitation referrals, legal assistance, child support direction, among a host of other important services.
Passages obtained 501(c)(3) non-profit tax status in 2004, and now provides specialized programs to an annual client-base of more than 1000 individuals who contact the organization.