Georgia ranks 4th in the nation in incarceration
1 out of every 13 Georgians is under some sort of supervision of Corrections, Parole, or Probation departments.
350 inmates are released back into our communities each week with only $25 dollars in their pocket. The majority have no money or financial support, no food or clothing, no family or friends, and no work skills or hope for the future.
3 out of 4 inmates have substance abuse problems, but only about 10% received any formal treatment while they are incarcerate
The first 48 hours are the most critical! They will experience emotions they didn’t expect and are not equipped to handle. During the first 3 months, without help during their difficulties, they may give up and resort back to crime to survive. They may feel “thrown away and forgotten” and lost all incentive to achieve. Advances in technology since their incarceration will overwhelm them.
Most of us make 300 to 500 decisions in a day, the inmate only makes about 25 decisions. They could be living in a state of indecision. The thoughts of freedom and being on their own scares them to death. They will have shame and bitterness to overcome due to their bad choices they made in the past. Many will think they were over-punished and find it hard to forgive and move ahead productively.
WHY DOES THE EX-OFFENDER NEED HELP WITH HIS TRANSITION BACK INTO CIVILIAN LIFE?
OUR OBJECTIVES IN AFTER-CARE
To identify and provide appropriate housing (structured) for the ex-offender.
To assist the ex-offender in finding and sustaining gainful employment.
To identify academic and educational resources (GED, Vocational, Technical skills).
To identify and assist with life skills.
Solution? or Problem?
Are we going to be part of the Solution by giving them a second chance with a supporting hand?
Think about this…
Solution? or Problem?
If YOU were released from prison with $25 (that’s all) and a bus ticket that took you to a town that you had not seen in 10+ years or longer and you did not know a single person there;
What would YOU do ─ as a hungry, thirsty, stranger with only the clothes on your back straight from prison ─ the following day when the $25 was down to $5 or $0 ?
Mathew 25: 35,36,40
Come join us in following these verses:
“For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me in. I was naked, and you gave me clothes. I was sick, and you took care of me. I was in prison, and you visited me.”
“I tell you the truth whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did to me.”
We ask you to pray for God's direction on ways that you can support the After-Care Ministry. There are goers and there are senders: would you allow God to use you in either one, or both of these capacities? We thank you for your involvement.
Message From The Executive Director, Tom Allanson
We are an unusually close group of men & women working together to fulfill the Great Commission. I ask that you prayerfully consider joining with us in Set Free After-Care Ministry, Inc. Thank you !
If you would like to know more about After-Care, or if you have a real compassion to help your community establish an After-Care Unit in your area, or set up a prison ministry in your church, then just call me at home (770) 889-0686 or on my cell phone (678) 231-2324 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to work with you. God Bless you.