WHY HELP PRISONERS?
JACKIE GOT INVOLVED IN DRUGS AND GANG VIOLENCE WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG. Now she’s behind bars, but her lifestyle hasn’t changed. She’s still getting into fights and sneaking drugs. Jackie wishes she could shake off the anger and sober up, but she doesn’t even know where to begin.
TANYA WAS RELEASED FROM PRISON THREE MONTHS AGO. While incarcerated, she worked hard to become a better person, and now she’s ready for a fresh start. But everyone she meets disappears as soon as they find out about her past. Tanya wonders, “Why won’t anyone give me a chance to prove I’ve changed?”
SARAH’S MOM IS IN PRISON HOURS AWAY, AND SARAH DOESN'T WANT ANYONE TO KNOW. She doesn't invite anyone to their home because she's afraid they will ask where her mom is. She feels so lonely and wonders every day if her mom still loves her. She misses her so much.
These aren’t just stories. Prepared Place Ministries meets people in these situations every day. Chances are you’ve met them too. The 700,000 men and women that our criminal justice system releases from prison each year return to communities around the country—including yours. The numbers are staggering:
Without your help, these numbers will continue to grow. Jackie's violent habits will hurt more people. Tanya will lose hope, return to her old ways, and end up back in prison. And Sarah will grow up feeling abandoned and ashamed.
But what if things could be different? What if you could bring a rehabilitative program to Jackie’s prison that would send her back to her family and community a new woman—a woman who knows how to resolve conflict peacefully? What if you could be part of Tanya's support system as she works to become a contributing member of your community again? And what if you could give Sarah a gift and a note from her mom so that she knows she still loves and remembers her?
Through Prepared Place Ministries, you can!