“Faces of Compassion,” one of our new hand-out/bulletin insert print resources available in September, features Cindy Timmerman, Executive Director of Exodus Ministries in Dallas. Exodus assists Dallas County female ex-offenders who are re-entering society after incarceration and have demonstrated a willingness to make positive changes in their lives. “These women are dealing with the pain of having been separated from their children for long periods of time and do not have the immediate financial resources to sustain their families,” says Cindy. “Exodus helps them re-enter society by serving their spiritual and physical needs.”
Inmates leaving prison typically arrive in Dallas with $50, no job, a few friends, and little hope. “Because everything in prison is so regimented,” Cindy explains, “ex-offenders are usually overwhelmed with the responsibilities they face in their freedom and lack the training, support, and spiritual focus needed to succeed.”
Exodus Ministries provides each woman a furnished single-family apartment and all basic living needs, including medical care. In addition, the ministry provides life management and parenting skills, substance abuse recovery and support, family budgeting and financial planning skills, and job readiness and job placement services. TBOWH funds are used to stock the pantries of new residents and their children. “It’s so exciting to show a new resident her furnished apartment with a full cupboard and refrigerator and see faces full of gratitude and hope,” says Cindy. “When I see spiritual and social growth in one of our families and that the generational cycle of crime is being broken, I realize that we labor not in vain – that God is working through us, and the resources provided by our ministry partners make a life-changing difference.”
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