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Local crusader believes in a ‘Hand Up’ for all who need it.
One of the ways that John Mandala has always taken strides in the name of growth, is his celebration of simple ideas. Men breaking bread is one of those ideas. In a paper he wrote on creative cooking called “A Psychological Experience”, John expresses his belief in practicing psychology anywhere. Here is an excerpt: “In County Facilities it is common for inmates to re-cook the food served, and so early on I was labeled as ‘Chef Boy-ar-Dee’. Although many men now consider me a ‘Jailhouse Gourmet’, others know me as Rev. Dr. John, having been blessed by God with the ability to prepare a healthy and hearty meal from anything edible.”
Numerous studies in the past suggest that higher education reduces prison violence, lowers recidivism and results in safer communities.
“The alternatives to violence program is a grassroots, volunteer program dedicated to reducing interpersonal violence in our streets, in our schools, in our homes and in our society.”
John is actively participating in helping ex-prisoners, veterans and homeless people. He has given them the opportunity to help with grounds work around the Unitarian Church, Friendship Fellowship at Pineda. John is a co-chair for Building and Grounds Committee there and he does a lot of work in that capacity, through Breathing Space.