Dear beloved of God,
It is with great sadness that we inform you that Carl Carlson, the Founder and Director of Men of Valor, died peacefully in his sleep on Monday.
The hole Carl leaves in our organization and our lives brings great sorrow, but knowing he is now in the arms of the Creator he so loved also brings us great joy. We can only imagine Carl was greeted with the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”
Visitation will be from 4pm to 8pm Friday and 9am to 10am Saturday at First Church of the Nazarene in Nashville. The memorial service will follow at the same location this Saturday at 10am.
In lieu of flowers, the Carlson family has asked that donations instead be made to the ministry he founded.
Carl was an honorably discharged Vietnam Veteran who turned an abusive childhood and prison sentence into the founding of Men of Valor, an innovative program that has helped thousands of men in prison and their families.
Begun as a “one-man-show” in 1997, today Men of Valor has a staff of 18, over 100 volunteers, and a board of top business leaders. 100% of the $1.5 million budget is raised from donors, most who have given mainly due to Carl’s advocacy and persistence.
The program’s results have been remarkable. Nationally, 70% of men released on probation or parole return to prison. However, men who complete and graduate the MOV program have a recidivism rate of only 6%.
For his accomplishments, Carl was recently named “CEO of the Year” at the 2014 Center for Nonprofit Management’s Salute to Excellence.
His most current dream was to build a Men of Valor campus, which would allow our ministry to provide residential support and one year of Aftercare to far more program graduates, and to also provide more consistent and varied services to their families.
We will continue his work in his memory to make sure his dream becomes a reality.