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DIVINE INTERVENTION M  I  N  I  S  T  R  I  E  S About Debra Germany  Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Ms. Germany is married and worked as an administrator at Carnegie Mellon University. She is a graduate of Geneva College with a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership (MSOL), and a B.S. in Business from Point Park University. Her life changed on July 9, 2001 when her only child, Raymond, was murdered – shot seven times in the Hill District neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Through the death of her son, she said DIM was birthed in her spirit.  With God as her guide, Ms Germany is determined to reach back and help as many people as she can to know that with God, all things are possible. She truly believes that “if you have God in your life, you can do the impossible, reach the unreachable, and bear the unbearable.  DIM started in 2002 by using billboards to bring attention to unsolved murders and to find community solutions to crime. It also sought to soothe grieving family members who lost loved ones to violence. But in 2006, it changed its direction to focus on restoring the lives of incarcerated adults and at-risk youth by launching the IMPACT – (Interceding Making Positive Actions Come Together)- program.  IMPACT focuses on restoring the lives of incarcerated adults and at-risk youth through comprehensive assistance linking individuals with effective community resources needed for a successful transition back into society and productive lifestyle. Divine Intervention specifically addresses the needs of at-risk youth as well as adults with a criminal record by providing criminal record management, and verified referrals to local mental health/mental retardation counseling, housing, workforce development, clothing and transportation support services.  In 2009, Ms Germany was approached by the Pennsylvania Prison Society to bring a new pilot mentoring program to Pittsburgh. Through funding by the Department of Justice Second Chance Act Grant, the Building Bridges – A Second Chance Initiative program - was born. And DIM, in partnership with the Prison Society, the Department of Justice and the State Department of Corrections. Divine Intervention Ministries matched trained mentors with pre- and post-released inmates to assist their reintegration into society.  Having put her complete trust in God, she stepped-out on faith and worked diligently to open an office for this program in the Hill District. The program provided training to inmates behind the walls and then worked with them, upon release to connect them to resources and service providers when they return home to help them successfully transition back into society.  In September, 2011, DIM began a partnership with Renewal, Inc., a private, non-profit organization providing alternative housing and community corrections services to individuals in the County, State and Federal criminal justice systems. DIM has initiated a faith-based transitional program modeled after the Prison Fellowship Inner Change Freedom Initiative program that will enroll men and women in separate 12 week programs that will provide intensive discipleship, practical resources, and mentoring to individuals incarcerated at Renewal and anticipating release.  Ms Germany is a Licensed Minister at Central Baptist Church in Pittsburgh, PA where she operates a Gospel Music Ministry. She is also a member of its Intercessory Prayer Ministry and served as Director of Prison Ministry Services from 2006 to June 2010. DIM received its non-profit status in June 2010 and, as a result, its Reentry/After Care Program became a separate entity from the church.  Germany also served as a board member of the Center for Victims of Violence and Crime, a Convener of the Pennsylvania Prison Society of both Somerset and Laurel Highlands state correctional institutions and a member of Wailing Women and Men Ministries. She is a much sought-after public speaker and travels throughout Pennsylvania and Ohio speaking to at-risk youth, incarcerated adults in prisons, boot camps, churches, public schools and universities. Her goal is always to bring the message of Hope in Christ, to speak life into dead places and situations.  She has received numerous awards for her work. Most recently Ms. Germany was the recipient of the 2013 Sally Hillman Childs Award from Renewal Inc. Ms. Germany was also the recipient of the 2013 Servant Leader Award from Geneva College. In 2012 she recieved the Volunteer of the Year Award from Governor Tom Corbit and John Wetzel, Secretary of the Department of Corrections for the mentoring program she leads in Renewal Inc. for inmates nearing release.
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