Last year, the Vestry agreed to parish participation in the Target Community Programme, an initiative of the Prison Fellowship.
“A Target Community is one that is a prepared community with the heart to minister to both those in prison and those being released from prison. This involves incorporating their families into the community with a view to both providing support and protection during their growth and with the goal of restoring them into full wider community participation.”
The Target Communities Project enables church and wider communities to be trained to accept, coach, encourage and hold accountable released prisoners. This includes supporting their families in a safe and sustainable way and bringing them all into fruitful community interaction.
Each released man or woman will gain a “circle of support” from within a trained community who will work with them to make the adjustments necessary to gain a meaningful life.
Several parishioners are already involved in Prison Ministry, through Unit Seven of the Faith Unit in Rimutaka Prison.
We are looking to provide accommodation for one inmate on his release in July.
Training and resources will be provided to those involved.