The Lighthouse for Recovery Ministries - A Beacon of Light for the Soul in Need!

We provide resources to the inmate for:
  • Securing a home plan -in our transitional housing programs.
  • Secure a job plan.
  • Provide other resources needed when the inmate is approved for parole and returns to the county of their choice to reside.
Transitional services help people about to be released from prison or jail prepare for their transition back into society, and support recently released individuals to reintegrate successfully into their communities.
Transitioning away from incarceration is a particularly challenging and disorienting process. Many of the building blocks of independent living are not yet in place, resulting in big, seemingly insurmountable questions: “Where do I live?”, “Where is my next meal coming from?” “How do I get a job to pay for any of this?” The Lighthouse for Recovery Ministries' transitional services help clients navigate these complicated issues.
This program is designed to assist offenders in preparing for and accomplishing a successful return to the community. Operating statewide, the Lighthouse for Recovery Ministries has developed liaisons with service providers in the community and is able to provide on-going assistance in locating and accessing resources responsive to the needs, including food, shelter, clothing, education, medical services, as well as emotional support and encouragement.
Staff begin working with clients while they are incarcerated so that support systems are in place upon release. Clients request admission to the program through their institutional counselor.
The Lighthouse for Recovery Ministries  pre-release staff  provides meaningful social services, support, and intervention to prisoners.  We are a direct channel for communication between inmates and their attorneys, families, employers, social service and treatment providers, and other elements of the criminal justice system. 
  • parole release plan for our clients only
  • case management
  • crisis intervention
  • referral services
  • re-entry support services
  • community re-integration; by:
  • assistance accessing housing services;
  • educational needs; 
  • employment services,
  • benefit eligibility assessment and referral;
  • assistance obtaining identification;
  • referrals to drug treatment programs;
  • medical and mental health referrals and assessment;
  • household furnishings and referrals;
  • food/clothing assistance or referrals;
  • and assistance in reunifying with family and support systems in the community.
Our first step is to provide each client a "Breaking the Chains" Box upon release from incarceration (only applies if individual is entering a transitional program, not going to their home environments). 
These boxes include:
  1. Personal Hygiene Items
  2. Linens (sheets, comforter, bath towels and wash cloths)
  3. Set of Dishware (plate, saucer, mug, glass and eating utensils)
  4. Set of cooking ware (pots and pans)
  5. Clothing:  5 sets, if not being released from work release facilities
  6. Food, non perishable items
Secondly, we help clients secure the essential benefits and identification they need to get on their feet, including Medicaid, food stamps, birth certificates, and social security cards.
Lastly, we offer workshops and classes that give clients the opportunity to develop important life skills, improve their education, and prepare to enter a competitive job market upon release.
Beginning six months prior to release until the day they are released,  we work with each individual to develop comprehensive service plans and connect them to other services in the community, that will support their successful reentry.
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