A group of pastors in Warren came together Saturday to talk about crime, children and incarceration.
Free Indeed Prison Ministries invited more than 50 pastors from the Warren area to a barbecue, to recruit mentors to help support inmates and families, in their transition back into society.
Free Indeed offers many faith-based programs and classes, including its “Amachi Program”. The program matches local pastors with kids whose parents are in prison.
“Amachi means ‘who knows what God has brought us through this child,’ and it’s mentoring the children of incarcerated parents, there are 5,000 children in the Mahoning valley that have one or both parents that are either in state or federal supervision,” said Martha Conyer, Director, Free Indeed Prison Ministries, Inc.
“We need this, because we have a recurrence of people being re-incarcerated, they come out, there’s nowhere to go, they got felonies, they can’t get jobs, so this is like a springboard,” said Pastor Robert Stringer, New Freedom Missionary Baptist Church.
The goal is to break the cycle of incarceration. Conyer said 75 percent of kids with parents in prison will follow in their footsteps.