Needs & Provisions

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The Need

The USA incarcerates more people per capita than other country in the world. Sixty-eight percent are males and about seventy-five percent will be re-arrested. While the crime rate is almost identical to that of the 1970’s, the rate of incarceration has growth almost fivefold.

Most inmates were sexually abused or abandoned by a parent while growing up, and 83% were without fathers. It is not enough to simply tell them how they ought to live. They need focused ministry which is experienced in helping get to those places, at the core of who they are, where Christ can bring healing to a lifetime of hurts. Only then can they be free, and clean, from the bondage in their lives.

They also need community, mentoring and a whole new supportive environment, with new brothers in Christ who will walk with them towards wholeness and maturity. Sometimes they need a pat on the back, and sometimes a kick in the butt. Either way, that only comes through authentic community.

We believe in owning up to the consequences of one’s mistakes, but we also need to understand that a criminal record enslaves people. An ex-inmate will be socially ostracized (except in his old ‘hood) and faces significantly diminished job prospects – even if he’s turned his life over to Christ while in jail. Often, there is no healthy family or community to come home to. The challenges they face are immense. For example, it is not uncommon for inmates to be released in the middle of the winter with only the T-shirt and pair of shorts they were wearing when originally arrested.

Embracing The Father and Each Other

Jail provides a new beginning for many men. Despite the myths, inmates almost never claim to be innocent – especially when seeking our Father’s loving forgiveness. However, once born again, they still need help upon release. Typically, they leave jail with no home, no job, no money, no wheels and no support structure.

The first thing that we do is pick them up at the jail and make sure they have the basics – like food, clothing and emergency shelter (even if only a temporary couch to sleep on in one of our Homes). Next we get them connected with a group of men – both those in recovery and those in ministry – who are willing to evaluate their attitude and situation. If they are not serious about putting their lives back together in Christ, we bless them and send them on their way.

If, however, we see the ongoing fruit of true repentance in their lives, and a hunger to become whole and complete men in Christ, we will offer an opportunity (assuming we have space available) to become part of a Home. In the Home, they will find Christian community comprised of like-minded men from similar backgrounds who are moving forward in Christ. The Home also provides support, structure, accountability, discipline, ministry, regular fellowship, study and prayer.

Once in a Home, they are given chores and must meet core expectations. They also have a grace period when their basic needs are met through help from the other guys as they look for a paying job. However, they are expected to quickly find work and within a month begin paying their share of the Home’s ongoing expenses – including extra funds to help the next man who comes along. They thus learn responsibility and to be an asset, thus breaking their former pattern of destructively preying on the goodwill of others.

Our Financial Framework

We rent homes and share the total costs for each Home between residents. The target contribution is around $125/person/week, due on Fridays.

It costs around least $7,000 to start a new Home, including contingencies and deposits. For a four bedroom home, we would put two in a room and average eight men. This gives us, on average and allowing for the fact that a new man will not contribute during the first month, around $4,000 per month to pay rent and utilities. It also is enough to help new men with basic needs as they initially enter the Home, and also hopefully contribute towards start-up costs for the next Home and minor administrative overhead.

Rather than duplicate efforts, we work closely with Common Recovery, another ministry which provides Christian recovery homes in the area, and often defer to them on starting new homes while we focus on creating sustaining community and embracing fellowships for those then putting their lives back together in the Lord.

Your Part

We are convinced this venture has the potential to succeed. The need is great, and similar secular ministries like Oxford House do well – and are self-sustaining after paying initial start up costs – under the same financial structure.

Jim and Bob have both led successful businesses in senior leadership roles (Jim has started many successful businesses over the last four decades and often mentors ex-inmates in starting their own businesses), but they now work almost daily with men in jail and after their release. They see the progress men can make, after jail and in finding freedom in Christ from the bondage of addictions, abuse and abandonment.

However, most men who’ve come to Christ in the jail need dynamic Christian community and a home when they get out.

We don’t just want your money, we want your partnership as we work together to redeem lives and turn men who’ve been rescued from Satan into mighty men in the Kingdom of God!

Redemption Homes: Hope Lives Here!

Please, join us.

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