Susan Stephens, Executive Director of Exodus Ministries, was a guest on 89.7 The Way Radio for their Community Spotlight segment. Click below to be directed to the interview.
Exodus Ministries is a 501 (c) (3) non-denominational Christian organization established in 1985. We assist female ex-offenders from all ethnic backgrounds that are re-entering society after incarceration in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice system and have demonstrated a willingness to make positive changes in their life. These women are dealing with the residual pain of having been separated from their children for a long period of time and do not have the immediate financial resources to sustain their family. Exodus helps them and their families to become productive members of society by serving their spiritual and physical needs.
Through the Exodus program model, ex-offenders are provided a chance to change their destiny along with that of their children. At Exodus they re-invent themselves by developing life and money management skills, becoming employed, starting a savings account, and most importantly – becoming a positive influence for their children to make correct life choices. Purpose, self-esteem, courage and trust are integrated into the “new” parent role model and passed on to their children where the wounds from incarceration are most often the deepest.
Exodus Ministries is a non-denominational Christian ministry with a mission to empower formerly encarcerated mothers and their children to achieve productive and fulfilling life through Jesus Christ. In carrying out this mission, the ministry is guided by the following statement of faith.
Exodus began in 1985 through the work of Don Dennis. Don, an ex-offender, had personally experienced the need for a program that provided both the practical and spiritual aspects necessary to meet the basic needs of ex-offenders. It was his goal to create an agency that would break the generational cycle of crime and decrease recidivism.
Don worked with Chaplain Jerry Groom, the chaplain at the Coffield Unit and later the chief of chaplains for Texas Department of Criminal Justice, to create a ministry that would serve the un-met needs of ex-offenders. Originally the ministry began under the Dallas Baptist Association with the mission to serve couples with children. The organization first opened its doors to two couples who were mentored by Don Dennis and his wife. Throughout the next few years, the ministry grew to meet the increasing needs. In the 1990’s as the organization expanded, the DBA assisted the agency with the purchase of the present facility, a twenty unit apartment complex. Countless capital improvements have been made to the facility as well as many advancements to the ministries strategy.
Today, Exodus serves formerly incarcerated single mothers and their children, and is supported by many dedicated board members and volunteers who work together to ensure the ministry’s continued success.
Case Manager/Resident Manager
Director of Children's Ministry/Social Media
Director of Outreach
|John Fox Holt III||Chairperson|
|Karis Pickens||2016 Chairperson|
Phone (214) 827-3772 Fax (214) 827-0072
Office Hours: Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm
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