As release day approaches, the problems awaiting prisoners on the other side of the gate can be overwhelming. For years, they've been told when to eat, what to wear, and where to go. Now suddenly they will have to make decisions on their own.
Prison Fellowship staff and volunteers are devoted to helping prepare men and women to leave prison with a positive outlook—ready to succeed. In several prison facilities, we offer mentorships, life-skills training, marriage and parenting classes, and other programs that teach personal responsibility, the value of education and hard work, and care for people and their property, so that prisoners are prepared to thrive in their communities after release. In some states, we run faith dorms, where incarcerated men and women can participate in biblically based training within a nurturing Christian community.
Prisoners learn how to be leaders in their communities and walk out the prison gates as prepared as possible for the challenges that lie ahead. Prison Fellowship works directly with men and women who have graduated our programming, and join efforts with churches, para-church organizations, and others to support those leaving prison.
Because the vast majority of men and women behind bars have struggled with substance abuse and other destructive behaviors, Prison Fellowship partners with Celebrate Recovery to provide balanced and biblical recovery programming. A natural extension of the goal to see prisoners' lives transformed and restored, CR is implemented at every Prison Fellowship Academy® site nationwide. CR also promotes Prison Fellowship's Angel Tree® program at all existing CR groups in the U.S., helping to make lasting family connections—and, in turn, a positive support system—that can affect a person's journey beyond the gates.
Jordan Jeske's Story
From growing up with a physically and verbally abusive dysfunctional family, to becoming a small business owner and welcoming four ex-prisoners into his house and life.
SECOND CHANCE MONTH
Every person has dignity and potential. But approximately 1 in 3 American adults has a criminal record, which limits their access to education, jobs, housing, and other things they need to reach that potential. Since launching the first Second Chance™ Month in 2017, Prison Fellowship has spearheaded the nationwide effort to raise awareness about these barriers and unlock brighter futures for people with a criminal record. Together we can open the door for approximately 70 million Americans to live up to their potential after paying their debt to society! Learn more about Second Chance Month