There are many questions we are commonly asked about our mission and how we go about serving our residents and helping the community at large. We have collected several of the most Frequently Asked Questions people ask us to help you find the answers you need as quickly as possible.
“The King will answer them, ‘Most certainly I tell you, because you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ ~Matthew 25:40 (WEB)
Q: How can I help?
If you haven’t already donated, please do so now. Consider sponsoring a resident. This includes supporting them financially until they are able to support themselves. But this is only the beginning. It can include mentoring and teaching. Many have been incarcerated for long periods and have to re-learn basic life skills. Some have not used a computer or even seen a cell phone. It takes a village to raise these men and you all are an extension of our village. If you are interested in sponsoring a resident, please contact our office for more information.
Q: How does Matthew 25's program work?
Matthew 25 Ministries does not run a "program" - it is not a "OK, do this, this, and this, and you are done" ministry. Instead, we have a whole life approach to assisting our residents start their lives anew. Most of our staff members live in the City of Refuge where they lead by example, offer counseling and advice, and are available for any emergency services needed.
Q: What does it cost to live in the City of Refuge?
The City of Refuge is a small rental community where qualified ex-offenders can have a safe and friendly home to rebuild their lives. Matthew 25 Ministries rents out rooms throughout the community starting at $500/mo*.
* Current as of January 2016, subject to change at any time.
Q: Does Matthew 25 Ministries require residents to be Christians.
No. Matthew 25 Ministries makes no discrimination based on religion or any other protected status when it makes a decision on whether to accept a prospective renter.
As a Christian Ministry, we share Jesus' light with everyone and invite them to Jacob's Destiny Church services.
Q: What is the Housing like at the City of Refuge?
Most new residents are placed into our transitional housing - a large 3 bedroom house where they share a room with one other resident - until they acclimate to a new life that is not supervised 24/7 like when they were incarcerated. Once our new resident has built up relationships within our community, we work with them to move them into the main part of the community - 2 bedroom duplexes where they have their own private room.