The Lord's Gym: Outreach program for at-risk individuals

The Lord's Gym
Updated: Nov. 26, 2017 at 11:37 AM EST
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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A gym is supposed to make you sweat, even sometimes you make you hurt, but this one is known to get a lot of men to heal.

"Basically what brought me here is addiction," said Sol Prophett. "That's what got me to being homeless that's a consequence of it."

Prophett has been coming to the Lord's Gym every day for months, and he says he's seeing progress beyond physical.

"One thing that I found when you exercise the body the mind tends to feel better," said Prophett.

Kevin Johnson, the chaplain at the Lord's Gym, says this place is more like a crisis center for men from all walks of life.

"From the guy who's living in the gutter to the guy who's a CEO that just lost everything," said Johnson.

Many coming here to hit the reset button on their life.

"Guys love to come in and throw stuff around and bang things around and in that they become more vulnerable," said Johnson. "They're more willing to actually talk about what's going on in their lives. If they realize the person reaching out is willing to listen more than want to give input, because people really don't care how much you know til they know how much you care."

So for $10 a year, these men work out their problems with weights.

"They're rebuilding me, and I couldn't be more grateful," said Prophett.

While given some daily inspiration that even goes beyond the gym and right out into the streets.

Diane, Amanda and Vicky ride out almost every night on the so called Love Bus. It's an outreach for the Lords Gym, hoping to reach women involved in drugs and prostitution.

"A lot of these girls there's no life in their eyes, they have just given up," said Diane Keefner. "They think there's not a way out."

"We've met women who were school teachers, we've met women who have had beautiful homes," said Amanda Graves.

They say they just want to be a listening ear to those who have no one, and give resources to those who want a way out.

And when the bus stops, some of the women come.

The volunteers offer a meal, hygiene products, acceptance and help when they say they're ready.

These volunteers are hoping to make a difference

"There have been success stories and that's what we're here for," said Vicki Gentry. "That's the purpose."

FOCAS Ministries, who do the Lord's Gym, have several forms out of outreach and have been around for about 30 years.

Their goal? To transform lives.

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