Did you know there’s a silent force fighting crime in the Lake Area? For the past ten years The Open Door Prison and Re-Entry Ministry has battled crime, injustice and ignorance. Not caped crusaders, but volunteers with a capital L emblazoned on their hearts. With LOVE they serve incarcerated women who seek change in their lives and the lives of their children.
The Open Door (or TOD) is comprised of Christ-centered volunteers, working to help stop the revolving door of imprisonment. TOD, a non-profit organization, with its team of crime fighters, help women and their families break the pattern of multi-generation incarceration through education and community resources. TOD is the only correctional service of this type for women within the state of Louisiana to offer pre-release and post-release services.
On the Inside
Volunteers from local churches give incarcerated women things as simple as reading glasses or as profound as one-on-one mentoring. Within the local Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s prison, TOD offers seven programs to help affect change and healthy living; classes from Literacy and Re-Entry Life Skills to Abortion Recovery.
Linda Brown, a co-founder of The Open Door explains, “We started by teaching a 12 week, Alpha Bible study in the evenings and have grown, meeting women’s needs. Working with the legal and judiciary end of the client’s journey, we are attempting to comply with state guidelines, providing a Dept. of Corrections approved A.C.T.S. class (alcohol, chemical, treatment, series—a spiritually based recovery course) and Effective Parenting classes.”
On the Outside
Upon a client’s release, Re-entry extends mentoring support to women and information on obtaining housing, clothing, and long range goal setting to aspire to productive living. Linda says, “At our offices on Broad Street and our new satellite office through Care Help in Sulphur, we come alongside those seeking support. We offer accountability and encouragement to women who may never have had an objective ear or a grace-filled hand-up.” “An open hand, trust building approach offers dignity and a way to change self-destructive habits.”
If God is calling you to serve “one of the least of these,” no cape or tights are required to be a TOD crime fighter.
To contact The Open Door Prison and Re-Entry Ministry
To Minister inside the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office prison and jail—2015
All volunteers MUST take the ANNUAL CPSO Orientation January 13th —Newcomers Orientation—6:30 PM
More Information: 436-6700