The average returning citizen leaves prison with a check of less than hundred dollars and a bus ticket. Without an adequate aftercare plan, returning citizens can easily find themselves in desperate circumstances, and on the road back to prison. Consider how your church’s existing ministries may already meet the critical needs of returning citizens and to provide a safety net during this critical period of vulnerability.
A 72-hour church meets crisis needs – such as housing, clothing, and meals – and provides referrals to long term support upon release from prison.
Ministries of a 72 - hour church include:
- Coordinated transportation for a returning citizen upon release from prison
- Providers of emergency shelter
- Coordinated meal ministry for the first 72 hours
- Providers of hygiene kits
- Referrals services to long term support
Take the Reentry Readiness Survey to assess your church’s current ministry fit for becoming a 72-Hour church. Then, let the AIC Consultant know if your congregation is a 72 Hour church in the making. Contact allincommunity [at] wocumc.org (Reba Collins).