The Bible mentions that Jesus encouraged visits to incarcerated people. In Matthew 25, Jesus stated that when we visit others we are visiting Him. "...I was in prison and you visited me." Was Jesus simply encouraging us to be nice or was He in the business of transforming lives?
There is new evidence to back up Jesus' focus on the importance of prison visits. The MN Department Of Corrections recently published evidence-based research about how visitation reduces recidivism:
...just set up our Crossing HOME booth next to our partner Prison Fellowship at Oak Hill Church’s “Overflowing Hope Missions Weekend” in Bloomington, MN. Hope to see you here! (myoakhillchurch.com) #partners#myoakhillchurch#overflowinghope
We share an office with and are part of the R3 Collaborative for Recovery, Reentry and Renewal. Good people and resources to know. Attached is a pic of their latest October update. #R3Collaborative#Recovery#Reentry#Renewal
The Otto Bremer Trust has awarded Crossing HOME a $50,000 grant for advancing the organization’s mission to enhance the lives of those affected by addiction and incarceration through faith-friendly housing options designed to instill hope, accountability, and self reliance.
The Otto Bremer Trust (OBT), based in St. Paul, Minn., is a private charitable trust established in 1944 by founder Otto Bremer, a successful banker and community business leader. OBT owns 92 percent of Bremer Bank and also manages a diversified investment portfolio. The mission of OBT is to invest in people, places and opportunities in the Upper Midwest. Since its inception, OBT has invested more than $600 million in organizations throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, and western Wisconsin. For more information, visit ottobremer.org.
To learn how you might help see men and women set free through the application of Biblical principles as they cross over to becoming valued and productive members of our community, visit crossinghome.org.
We develop and implement collaborative strategies that address the challenges posed by relapse and recidivism. What does that mean? Crossing HOME gathers and equips churches, landlords, employers, volunteers, and community agencies to welcome and work with people coming out of prison and/or completing in-patient treatment. We offer affordable housing and empower our residents to thrive in local neighborhoods, to mature in spiritual awareness, to demonstrate personal responsibility, and to become industrious members of the community. Crossing HOME is the DBA (“Doing Business As” name) for “My Father’s House,” a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.