The annual Coastal Bend Day of Giving starts Tuesday and New Life Behavior Ministries is one of many nonprofit organizations that stand to benefit from the event.

"A lot of times incarceration sort of heats up the kitchen and they realize the need to do something different, or I'm going to keep on getting results that I don't like," President Buck Griffith said.

For individuals who have a criminal past, New Life Behavior Ministries provides a new chapter in the right direction.

"When someone comes in we immediately try to make that tie. What is their tie to incarceration or substance abuse and addiction recovery," Griffith said.

The nonprofit started over 30 years ago and educates the community, recovering addicts, prisoners and their families on how to make a positive change in their lives.

"We feel like we're probably touching, on an annual basis through this program, about 259,000 people a year," Griffith said.

Their curriculum-based program offers 14 courses that are often used in state prisons and county jails.

"We address issues like hunger and children, and health and homelessness," Griffith said.

The program also works as a support group and uses faith to teach shifts in thinking, attitudes and behaviors.

"Here they get a tremendous amount of encouragement. They can learn some skills, and then they go out and show it to other people," Drug and Alcohol Counselor Pat Watson said.

The Day of Giving donations are needed to keep New Life Behavior Ministries up and running so they can continue to help those looking to change their lives for the better.

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