What is "Aftercare"?
It is a program that seeks to establish relationships between mentors and individuals who are living in prison and anticipating release. KBPA assists in the transition of ex-offenders to a happy and productive life by providing continuity and a new environment through a mentoring program.
Who needs "Aftercare"?
Realistically we all need aftercare; we are all in need of fellow Christian brothers and sisters to come along side us as we strive to live for Christ. As important as this is for us who live outside of prison, it is even more important for those that have lived or are living in prison
One man explained it like this, “going to prison is like going into exile.” Exile is “a situation in which you are forced to leave your country or home and go to live in a foreign country.” For many going to prison means they may never see their families again. Family members die. Wives and children start their lives over. It is upon their release from prison that many of these individuals need to rebuild their lives. With no assistance it is again like entering a foreign land. When individuals find themselves on the streets with no support, no encouragement, and no one to guide them in this new environment, many will go back to what they knew before their incarceration and re-offend or violate their parole.
Without assistance, when released from prison as many as 75% will return to prison within two years. Studies show Christian aftercare can lower recidivism to as low as 15%.
Our mission is to form healthy relationships (friendship) between Christian mentors and ex-offenders, regardless of their past indiscretions, in order to help the ex-offenders to safely re-enter society. KBPA will come alongside men and women to help them discern God’s love, will, and direction for their lives. At the same time, we will make available practical assistance to help our clients become productive and independent citizens.