To reach 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.
Release Ministries began in 1994 with two guys, a Bible, and a boom box. They used Christian rap music and God’s word to reach the youth at the Douglas County Youth Center.
Early on the ministry became aware of the need for mentoring, Bible studies and after care that would go beyond the walls of the DCYC. Mentoring was formally added in 2001, and the overall ministry continued to grow every year adding chaplains, more Bible studies and more mentors. In late 2004, Release opened up our first residential care group home. This allowed us to then work with the youth's families in their homes, connecting them to services in the community. In 2018, we have added a new foster care program to serve children in loving homes.
Today we minister in 19 locations, have mentored over 420 youth with more than 60 active mentoring matches, and operate two intensive therapy group homes. That translates to roughly 350 kids per week being reached in multiple ways all across the Metro (Douglas, Sarpy, and Pottawattamie counties).