For churches who want to extend their ministry with Angel Tree families through mentoring, there are often great resources in the community. In some areas, Prison Fellowship collaborates with community-based mentoring organizations to provide additional options for churches to serve.
A ministry to the families of prisoners
Wings, a ministry for family members of inmates, can help your church welcome your Angel Tree families into your congregation and teach them about Christ’s love in various ways. Wings helps host parties at special times of the year: Christmas, Easter and Back-To-School. Wings provides steps and lessons to help your church develop a Wings for L.I.F.E – Life Skills for inmate Families and Education support group. And through Wings, your church can provide the book Family Arrested: How to Survive the Incarceration of a Love One to the Angel Tree caregivers you serve. To learn more about Wings Ministry, visit www.wingsministry.org or call 505-291-6412.
Christian Camp and Conference Association
Offering camping opportunities to kids with incarcerated parents
The Christian Camp and Conference Association works hard to equip members to provide camp experiences that allow campers to escape their hectic everyday lives, to get a clearer picture of God’s love for them, and discover their purpose and passion through Him. For more information, call (888) 922-2287, or visit www.ccca.org/.
Books for children of prisoners and their parents
One Hope is an evangelistic ministry geared towards children. One Hope has developed Scripture Engagement products that are as diverse as the children and youth they are intended to reach. The “Book of Hope” series is available in editions geared for prisoners themselves and for their children. To find out more about this resource, call (954) 975-7777 or visit their website www.onehope.net.
Other Helpful Organizations
- Christian Association of Youth Mentoring (CAYM)
- Family and Corrections Network
- Mentor Youth
- Big Brothers/Big Sisters
- Child Trends
- The Search Institute
- The Mentoring Center
- Straight Ahead Ministries
- Mid-Atlantic Network for Youth (MANY)
- U.S. Department of Justice
- National Fatherhood Initiative
- Extended Family
- Youth for Christ Juvenile Justice Ministry
- Kids Hope USA