"For I was hungry and ye gave me meat, I was thirsty and ye gave me drink, I was a stranger and ye took me in, Naked and ye clothed me, I was sick and ye visited me, I was in prison and ye came unto me... In as much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me" ... Matthew 25:35-36, 40
Fact: Georgia ranks 4th in the nation in incarceration.
Fact: 1 out of every 13 Georgians is under some sort of supervision of Corrections, Parole, or Probation departments.
Fact: 350 inmates are released back into our communities each week with only $25 dollars in their pocket. The majority have no money or financial support, no food or clothing, no family or friends, and no work skills or hope for the future.
Fact: 3 out of 4 inmates have substance abuse problems, but only about 10% received any formal treatment while they are incarcerated.
Our vision is to reduce the recidivism rate (returning to prison) by helping the ex-inmate to become a crime-free productive citizen again.
After 25 years of inside-prison ministry, it is time to meet the re-entry process, (where the rubber meets the road) and be a part of the After-Care Ministry. The newly released ex-inmate, as he returns to a free society, will be faced with many obstacles and challenges and will need a strong Christian mentor. He will be like a lost sheep that needs to return to the Shepherd; we want to give him a helping hand, up rather than a kick to put him down.
We ask you to pray for God's direction on ways that you can support the After-Care Ministry. There are goers and there are senders: would you allow God to use you in either one, or both of these capacities? We thank you for your involvement.
Our goal is to STOP THE REVOLVING PRISON DOORS. We do this by Christians mentoring and discipling the ex-inmates as they re-enter a free society by means of Christian-based transitional houses.
During this period of restoration, the ex-inmates will have the opportunity to learn life skills, money management, spiritual development, and how to find and maintain employment. We will also supply counseling for substance abuse and other problems that might be necessary.
Once the ex-inmates leave the program, we hope and pray that we have developed a grateful, productive citizen who will not return to prison and will join with us as a mentor since he has a testimony that will help others coming after him. In Matthew 25:35, Jesus teaches us that whatever we do to the least of our brothers, we do to HIM.
America is the land of second chance, and when the gates of the prison open, the path should lead to a better life. Set Free After-Care Ministry is designed to help the recently released prisoners make a successful transition back into society, reducing the chance that they will be arrested again. Without structural support in life skills, personal and spiritual development, financial development and love, the chances of surviving todays economic conditions are very slim.
“ As an old man and his grandson walked along the beach that was covered with starfish that had washed up on the sand, the old man would reach down and pick up a starfish and throw it back into the sea, one after another as they walked. His grandson said,” There are so many, what difference does one make?” The old man looked at the starfish as he threw it back into the ocean,” to that one it made a big difference of a second chance at life or death on the beach.” Our mission is to make a difference, will you help us?
PLAN OF ACTION...
1. Qualifying the inmates to determine their commitment to a positive change.
2. We Pick Up the newly released inmate on the day of release.
3. Enrollment in a Christian-based transitional house is completed so we can help him in his successful re-entry
4. Supply Him with housing, clothing, counseling, and programs in spiritual development, employment skills, money management, and life skills.
5. Mentor & Disciple Him to become a productive crime-free citizen again.
STOP THE REVOLVING DOOR!
Lowering the recidivism rate (return to prison) by 1% = Saving the tax payers (you and me)
7-8 million dollars per year = making our communities SAFER and HEALTHIER places to live and raise our children.