WHAT IF IT WERE YOUR CHILD?
Imagine your child, your niece, your nephew, or your grandchild behind bars. Imagine watching that teen, in and out of trouble, struggling to stop, just a step away from adult prison. Imagine your concern and fear as you watch the teen you love get caught up in a vicious cycle of incarceration and hopelessness.Is there any way out? We believe so, and we are there to offer hope. Release Ministries has four strategic, prayer-infused ways of reaching youth.
- Institutional Ministries combines the efforts of chaplains and trained volunteers to reach youth during their incarceration.
- Mentoring pairs teens with caring adults to establish meaningful relationships as a context for growth and encouragement.
- Residential Homes offer youth a fresh start and a family environment to prepare for successful independent living.
- Community Based Initiatives provides in-home services to prevent the unnecessary separation of families.
Together we work to love hurting teens, offering them the hope of Christ and the chance to change their life.
To affect at-risk youth with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ, releasing them to be who God intends them to be.
To see at-risk youth, future generations, and society transformed through a relationship with God and loving adults.
WHAT IS AT RISK?
The United States government defines at risk as:
A school-aged individual who is at risk of academic failure, has a drug or alcohol problem, is pregnant or is a parent, has come in contact with the juvenile justice system in the past, at least one year behind the expected grade level, has limited English proficiency, is a gang member, has dropped out of school or has a high absenteeism rate.The youth we work with come from a variety of backgrounds and come to us for a number of different reasons. The common thread is pain. All of the youth we work with have experienced significant pain and it is this world of hurt and pain that we enter into with a message of love and hope.