As we progress with our work in this ministry, this is the policy we will apply as we work with the people in this group.
Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.
Reaching out to those returning home from prison, and to their families, meeting them where their problems are….
We will recruit mentors (male on male, female on female) to help these new parolees get their immediate needs met: 1. Take them to the DMV to get ID’s or driver’s licenses. 2. Take them to Social Services to apply for EBT’s, i.e. food stamps and/or financial assistance. 3. Guide them in how to get medical coverage. 4. When applicable (must be 55 or older plus out of work for at least six months), to guide them through the process for employment through AARP. (Although this is an employment issue, it is best to make this application in the early days of release, to take best advantage of the AARP criteria of not having been employed within the previous six months. Also, it takes up to a month for an intake interview to be scheduled; since it is our objective to make it possible for the parolee to not have to work during the first month of release, it will be timely to make the appointment for the intake interview right away so the intake can be done right around the time that first month is concluding.) NOTE: Since these activities will almost assuredly have to be taken care of over multiple days, it will be necessary to recruit several mentors as the same one will not likely be available all the time.
1. We may be able to acquire funding for this through the solicitation of sponsors. 2. We may also be able to fund it through fundraising activities of our own. It should be noted that we will share the same fundraising capabilities as every other ministry, i.e. barbeques, yard sales, etc.
1. We may be able to obtain these bikes by soliciting law enforcement for donations from their pool of confiscated items. 2. We can solicit stores for them. 3. We can solicit them through ads on Craigslist and other such advertising vehicles. 4. We can solicit church members for donated bikes. 5. Mentors may be willing to donate money for purchases of them. NOTE: Bike locks and lights are necessary and may be solicited in the same manner as the bikes themselves.
COMPUTERS AND COMPUTER EDUCATION, PLUS TELEPHONES
INMATES AND PAROLEES’ FAMILIES
1. Posting regular memos about our organization with prison chaplains as well as in prison libraries. 2. Word of mouth via inmates and their families. 3. Spreading the word about us through other churches and organizations. NOTE: We especially need to build relationships with the prison chaplain as this is often the best source for promulgating this type of information, and he can likewise be instrumental in helping us build relationships with inmates before they leave prison.