The need for biblical teaching through discipleship among our addicted persons, homeless and “Returning Citizens” is becoming increasingly acute. Prisons are overcrowded and new ones continue to be built as a means of a “solution” to the increasing crime and recidivism rates. The "system" is not working!
Did you know that there are approximately 2.4 million individuals incarcerated in the department of corrections throughout the United States? 95% are eventually released back into society and approximately 7 out of 10 are re-arrested within the first 3 years! The majority of this is perpetuated from addictions and homelessness. Please click on the link below and read the latest press release by the Delaware Criminal Justice Department and there is a link below this paragraph on the report that will enable you to read the Delaware Criminal Justice Council report of the study for 2010 - 2012 that was finalized in November 2016:
Philemon Ministry's position is that we as the body of Christ have a moral and biblical responsibility to help others in need with a "hand up" and provide effective discipleship for them. We believe that only Jesus Christ can permanently break the cycle of crime in an individual’s life and restore that person to family, friends and community, but we readily accept those of all faiths into the program.
In order for that to happen, we must be equipped to meet those that are homeless, those recovering from addictions and our “Returning Citizens” at the prison gate with a comprehensive and holistic plan. When “Returning Citizens” are released, they often possess no support group, no belongings and no place to live. Therefore, it is important that these “Returning Citizens” are met at the prison gate and taken into a safe, nurturing“family” setting that will teach them how to apply biblical principles to their life. Just as our own families are designed as a primary means of nurturing and admonition, AMEN House of Oak Orchard, Philemon Ministries of Delaware and our communities can aid in providing essential needs such as housing, employment, transportation, life's skills, educational advancement, responsibility and accountability to society. This brings us to the next step.
Philemon Ministries of Delaware has established the AMEN (A Meaningful Existence Now) House of Oak Orchard, a Christ Centered transitional "home" that would be the first phase in a resident's life. This would enable them to live for a period of six to 18 months in an environment that would be managed 24 hours a day 7 days a week that will aid in helping them to become positive and productive members of society through instruction and encouragement. There will be a caseworker that would keep detailed records as to their accomplishments and progress throughout their entire stay at AMEN House. Follow up for period of at least two to three years will be tracked and recorded for program success and effectiveness once an individual has completed the program. We are a "hand up" type of ministry and not a "hand out" type. The ultimate responsibilities rests on each individual and we try our best to initiate that towards all we come into contact with.