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People have been asking if there is anything they can do for the program as a church. Here are some suggestions for you to consider.

What in particular churches can offer: 

  • Praying with and/or for ex-offenders.
  • Acceptance, knowing “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”.  Kind words of welcome and hearty handshakes go far to affirm a person’s worth.
  • Assistance in finding employment.
  • Help connect to support groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Gambling Anonymous, or others with accompaniment to meetings when permitted.
  • Help address such needs as:
    • a “Health Kit” -- towel, washcloth, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, deodorant, nail clippers, comb, three safety razors, six band aids, a roll of toilet paper.
    • food for a week -- canned soups, crackers, canned meat, etc.
    • bus passes or some kind of transportation to be used while job-hunting.
    • clothes to wear while job hunting, and clothes for work.
    • a telephone or address to use while job-hunting.
    • a bedding kit -- two sheets, pillow, pillow case, blanket.
    • a housekeeping kit -- with dish detergent, can opener, pan, two each of spoons, forks, table knives, plates, cups.
    • assistance in finding housing until an independent lifestyle can be sustained.
    • maintain a file of available social service resources.


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