Susan Stephens, Executive Director of Exodus Ministries, was a guest on 89.7 The Way Radio for their Community Spotlight segment.
Exodus Ministries is a 501 (c) (3) non-denominational Christian organization established in 1985. We serve mothers from all ethnic backgrounds who 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 families. Exodus helps them and their families to become productive members of society by serving their spiritual and physical needs.
Through the Exodus program model, these women 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 an intensive, comprehensive, residential, discipleship program for mothers reuniting with their children to acheive a 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 vision and work of Don Dennis, an ex-offender, who had personally experienced the need for a program that provided both the practical and spiritual support to meet the basic needs of ex-offenders. It was his goal to create an organization which 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. The ministry began under the auspices of Dallas Baptist Association ("DBA") with the mission of serving couples and children. Exodus first opened its doors to two couples who were mentored by Don Dennis and his wife. During the next few years, the ministry grew in an effort to meet the needs of this demographic. In the early 1990’s, as the number of people served increased, DBA assisted with the acquisition of the present facility, a twenty unit apartment complex in East Dallas. There have been a number of capital improvements which have been made to the facility and an improving and evolving strategy for the ministry has been developed.
Today, Exodus serves single mothers and their children and is supported by a dedicated Board of Directors members and many volunteers who work together diligently to ensure the continued success of Exodus Ministries.
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