The average returning citizen leaves prison with a check of less than one 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 to provide a safety net during this 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:
- Coordinate transportation for a returning citizen upon release from prison
- Provide emergency shelter
- Coordinate meal ministry for the first 72 hours
- Provide hygiene kits
- Referral services to long-term support
If you think your church might be ready to become a 72-Hour Church, contact Reba Collins at allincommunity [at] wocumc.org.