How do We Help?

The statistics are sobering...

Ratio of children with at least one incarcerated parent

1:28

Average age of Children with an incarcerated parent

8

Number of those released who will return to jail within 3 years

62%
But there is hope!

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.
- Proverbs 22:6

How do We Help?

The statistics are sobering...

  • 1 in 28 children have at least one incarcerated parent
  • The average age of Children with an incarcerated parent is 8.
  • 62% of those released will return to jail within 3 years
  • 70% of the children of ex-offender mothers are likely to become offenders themselves
But there is hope!

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.
- Proverbs 22:6

Breaking the Cycle of Generational Crime

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 separation are most often the deepest.

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Facing Difficult Issues

Ex-offenders face many life issues and the stigma of being in prison. 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.

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Overcoming Bad Habits

It is typical for a woman leaving prison to arrive in Dallas with only $50, no job, just a few "friends", and little hope. Old criminal habits linger just below the surface, and without any direction or opportunities, women are tempted to turn to familiar ways and return to desperate behaviors of the past.

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Lack of Structured Guidance

Most have struggled with substance abuse and have been abandoned by their husbands. Without loving care and structured guidance, they are vulnerable to returning to their self-defeating ways and negatively impacting the future of their children.

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Overwhelmed with Responsibility

While the average worker makes several thousand decisions a day; an inmate makes less than a hundred decisions a day because everything in prison is regimented. When these mothers touch ground in the free world, they are overwhelmed with responsibility, but have few skills, no support system, or spirit-centered life. Most are, tragically, destined to fail.

Our Program

How We Help

Exodus Ministries is a 501 (c) (3) non-denominational Christian organization established in 1985. We serve mothers from all ethnic backgrounds who are reuniting with their children and 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 family. Exodus helps them and their families to become productive members of society by serving their spiritual and physical needs.

Social and Housing Services for Residents

Housing

Fully furnished, single-family apartment and all basic living needs at no cost. Participants may keep their furnishings upon graduation from the program.

Childcare

Children have access to pre-school, day-care, after-school programs, and summer camps.

Job Preparation

Residents are equipped for employment with job readiness skills, help with job search and career placement.

Personal Mentoring

Residents are personally mentored by loving, caring, godly volunteers in such areas as parenting, life skills, boundaries, and much more.

Financial Planning

We teach residents how to handle finances including family budgeting, financial planning, and banking fundamentals.

Program Completion

Upon successful completion of the twelve-month program, graduates of the Exodus Ministries program will continue to use the skills acquired to support herself and her children.

Resident Support

Preparing for Long-Term Employment

After the resident's initial thirty day reintroduction, their children are enrolled in child care programs through the Vogel Alcove. When this transition occurs, the resident’s focus shifts to preparing herself for long-term employment. She will take classes, prepare for interviews and begin her job search.

Resident Responsibilities

Each resident msut attend and participate in Celebrate Recovery (a faith-based 12-step program). Residents must also complete all court mandated classes, and comply with all conditions of their probation or parole. Each resident is responsible for maintaining their own apartment, preparing meals for their family and helping with community chores, such as lawn care, sweeping sidewalks or cleaning the offices.

Learning Self Support

After obtaining gainful employment, the resident begins the process of learning to successfully balance her new job and caring for her family. She will begin a savings account and work to maintain her employment. Upon successful completion of the program, she will use these skills to continue to support herself and her children.

Exodus Ministries

Phone (214) 827-3772
Fax (214) 827-0072

Office Hours:
Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm

Volunteer Application

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