Prison Fellowship trains and inspires churches and communities—inside and outside of prison—to support the restoration of those affected by incarceration. We equip correctional leaders, volunteers, and incarcerated men and women to make prisons more rehabilitative places, we advocate for a more restorative criminal justice system, and we collaborate with churches and local service providers to support former prisoners, their families, and their communities.
Angel Tree: Angel Tree is a program of Prison Fellowship that serves incarcerated parents by mobilizing the Church to share the love of Christ with their children and families. Every Christmas, Angel Tree mobilizes the church to minister to hundreds of thousands of children of prisoners by delivering a gift and the Gospel message on behalf of their incarcerated parents. In addition, our partner churches meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of prisoners’ families through year-round ministry such as camping and mentoring. Through these partnerships, Angel Tree provides a pathway for strengthening and restoring prisoners’ relationships with their children and families.
As the only nationwide outreach to inmates’ children, Prison Fellowship funds staff in each state to recruit, train, mentor, and direct volunteers in their respective communities. The regional staff person directs all aspects of the delivery and implementation of the Angel Tree program in their respective state.
In-Prison Programs: Prison Fellowship staff and volunteers are in hundreds of correctional facilities each day sharing the Gospel, spreading hope, and teaching life-changing classes. Through our evangelism events, we introduce incarcerated men and women to a new future in Christ and nurture their spiritual growth with Bible studies, discipleship courses, and seminary-level classes. We also offer a holistic set of life-skill classes, mentoring opportunities, and reentry programs to prepare prisoners to be leaders in their communities—whether inside or outside of prison. As a result, we are seeing prisoners use their sentences as a time to grow, change, and find a new, positive life path through Jesus.
Ex-Prisoner Aftercare: Prison Fellowship helps incarcerated men and women prepare for healthy reintegration by providing life-skill classes, mentors, and access to local community resources prior to release. Volunteer mentors are matched with newly-released inmates to help them make the transition to the outside world. These volunteers help ex-offenders avoid the temptation to return to a criminal lifestyle and help them navigate the often-confusing process of accessing available community and social services. We also work with churches and organizations to strengthen local support networks for former prisoners.
Participant Eligibility: All services are provided at no charge. Services are for prisoners, ex-prisoners, or their families. Angel Tree recipients must be the legal natural, adopted or stepchildren of prisoners, 16 years old or younger and living in the US. The incarcerated parent must not have a restraining order against him/her for his/her family or children. Services are provided without regard to religion, age, sex, race, color, height, weight, handicap, national origin, citizenship, sexual orientation, or union membership.