Prisoners of Christ Ministry has been making a difference in the lives of former prisoners in Jacksonville since 1990. More than 89 percent of the men we assist leave the life of crime behind and start on a new road...one that benefits us all with lower crime rates and less of our taxes going to support prisoners and their families. In the past 22 years, crime in Jacksonville has gone down by 35 percent, and the work of POC has saved taxpayers more than $75 million in that time! In comparison, the state recidivism rate is 33%, meaning one in three men released from prison is back within 3 years.
Help us celebrate the successes God has brought to the more than 2,200 men whose lives have been changed forever, and to ask God to give direction to the many others who follow. Hear the moving testimony of men who have gone back to a productive life free of crime, and discovered a feeling of self-respect as they become contributing members of society.
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Prisoners of Christ Ministry
Prisoners of Christ (POC) Ministry provides a faith-based program of re-entry services designed to assist men coming out of prison through the transition back to civilian life.
When a man decides he’s ready to change and asks for help, a member of POC staff meets him at the Jacksonville bus station on the day of his release from prison. He’s brought to one of POC’s transition houses, where he’ll reside in a comfortable residential home, surrounded by other men who are eager to give him their support.
He resides there for up to 10 weeks, and it is the base of operation from which most re-entry services are provided, including clothing, food, personal hygiene items, transportation to and from required reporting and appointments, 12-step recovery meetings, counseling, providing for medical needs, finding a church home, assistance in securing meaningful employment, financial responsibility, independent living skills, and anything else necessary to get a man back on his feet.
A POC staff member resident leader resides in each transition house and provides guidance and direction for the men in their new outlook on life — a feeling of dignity and self-respect. And through it all, they continue to pray for him and with him, showing him the awesome power of faith and God’s lo