With scant information for the first time offender facing prison, fear, anxiety and confusion can be overwhelming for both them and their families. Experienced volunteers help prepare for the unknown by providing answers to questions, counsel and mentoring, as well as encouragement through support groups. We assist those that are out on bond or H.I.P. awaiting trial. We mentor men and women along the way, preparing them spiritually for what lies ahead. We conduct home visitations, counseling and studies in the client's home and require full accountability from our clients. We also assist families as they move toward trial and/or incarceration date.
During incarceration, the The Prisoners Hope ministry mentors through jail visits where available, email correspondence, Bible studies and the inmate-led D.A.N.I.E.L. Project while helping family members deal and cope productively with their loved ones in prison. Support groups for the family meet weekly. Through mentoring we assist the incarcerated in getting their lives on point, directing towards spiritual excellence, pointing to Christ, whom alone can transform the heart and course in life. We require all mentees to acquire or complete a GED, MRT (Machination Recognition Therapy) and Life Skills classes and at least one (2yr) vocational certification. We require ongoing Bible studies, accountability, weekly Chapel attendance and at least bi-monthly correspondence. We endeavor to navigate each mentee to a place of spiritual and academic success prior to making their exodus from prison.
A critical function of TPHMin is walking beside the offender who has served their sentence and is released back into mainstream society to make a smooth transition. We assist with the basic provisions of food, shelter, clothing, cell phones for potential employer call-backs, transportation and assistance with job placement. Along with mentoring through accountability partners, support groups and providing worship opportunities for spiritual stability, we also assist with counseling and programs for continued education. We are here to reduce the odds of prison recidivism and help restore families.
Children and Families
Incarceration takes a heavy toll on the family, especially the children. They are indeed the ‘orphans of justice’. Children most affected by parental incarceration are typically primary school aged and most are required to move from their family home when their primary caregiver is incarcerated. Kentucky has the second highest percentage of children with a parent who is or has been incarcerated. We work with and support the families of the incarcerated providing for both emotional, practical and spiritual needs.
Each Thursday night in the Fireside Room at Southeast Christian Church (Blankenbaker Campus) in Louisville, KY we hold a support group for hurting families, mentees and the post-incarcerated providing a platform for confidentiality, shared strengths and a non-judgmental atmosphere. It is a safe place where questions are answered, counsel offered and encouragement found through sharing victories and struggles as we travel on common ground.