Gracious Promise (GP) services address the needs encountered in a holistic way, surrounding our clients with community and resources during times of crisis and beyond.
Our expertise lies in understanding our clients needs and helping them move forward in their walk with Christ.
Here are just a few examples of the programs we provide as we formulate a plan for success...
PROGRAMS AVAILABLE THROUGH OUR VOLUNTEERS:
Behind the Walls Visits:
Connecting Men and Women of Christ provide Christ-centered spiritual support and encouragement to those incarcerated. Our goal is to facilitate a successful transition back into the community by promoting spiritual maturity and by offering follow-up accountability. GP volunteers are granted access to area jails and prisons to provide this support. Male and female prisoners sign up to meet with GP Volunteers during weekly visits to Johnson County Kansas correctional facilities in New Century (Gardner) KS (Mondays) and Olathe KS (Thursdays).
Visiting Men and Women of Christ provide additional encouragement and counsel. Men and women in the New Century (Gardner) and Olathe jails can request visits from GP Volunteers during regular visiting times each week.
Teaching Men and Women of Christ offer the following Life Skill Classes in New Century (Gardner) correctional facility:
- Anger Management
- Freedom from Addiction
- Managing Personal Finances
- 5 Love Languages
- God's Blueprint for Manhood
Leading Men and Women of Christ lead weekly Bible Studies and Church Services at tohnson County Probation Facilities (Therapeutic and Residential Centers in New Century (Gardner))
Outside the Walls:
Corresponding Women of Christ send personalized post-visitation, Birthdays, Easter and Christmas cards to incarcerated women our GP volunteers have visited with behind the walls, plus additional correspondence on request.
Mentoring Men and Women of Christ volunteer for the "Mentoring-2-Excel" program that matches people from the community with ex-offenders to provide ongoing counsel, support, and spiritual growth.
Giving Men and Women of Christ at area churches donate Back-to-School Backpacks and Christmas Gifts for children who have an incarcerated parent and whose caregiver is currently working with GP volunteer. Partnering churches provide free bibles and workbooks to be distributed by GP volunteers. Partnering churches and caring individuals donate funds to Gracious Promise that are used exclusively for some transitional financial aid after we have established a relationship with an individual.
Shepherding Men and Women of Christ host weekly Christian fellowship meetings for men and women who have returned to community life. These take place on Saturday mornings at Homer's Coffee Shop in Overland Park (7am Men; 8 am Men and Women; 9 am Women). GP volunteers also host week-night smaller gatherings for bible study.
Partnering Area Churches. GP Volunteers help connect families of the incarcerated and ex-offenders to area partnering churches who can often assist with physical as well as spiritual needs.
Helpful Resources: We direct families of the incarcerated and Ex-Offenders to various area agencies by instructing them to call the One-Assist Hotline (913.715.5000) or go online to www.myresourceconnection.com for:
- Food, Clothing and Transportation
- Housing Options
- I.D. Assistance
- Employment Assistance
- Recovery Groups
- Marriage/Family Counselling
*How do I connect with Gracious Promise before or after I am released?
Call us at 913.342.1707 and leave a recorded message for a GP volunteer to follow up with you.
* Do I have to belong to a particular church or denomination to ask for advice or support?
No. Gracious Promise is a faith-based organization that does not discriminate based on race, sex, religion, creed or culture.
* Do you charge for your services?
Our services are provided free of charge. Our faithful church and individual donors provide funds for Gracious Promise. We welcome all donations and contributions from the general public, no matter the size. Your donations are life-changing.
* What happens to information about myself that I share with Gracious Promise volunteers?
Anything you share with us stays with us - guaranteed.