The Family ministry plays a significant role in Prison Fellowship Singapore, supporting about 70 families of inmates through financial and employment assistance, home visits or referrals to various partners for practical help.
Ladies’ Support Groups – Often, when a loved one is imprisoned, wives and mothers isolate themselves from their friends and family because of a sense of shame. Support groups offer a safe place for them to express their feelings without feeling judged. It also provides a platform for social activities and group counselling sessions.
Employment, Vocational Training, and Financial Assistance – Prison Fellowship Singapore assists inmate’s families in securing jobs, by providing training in language proficiency, computer skills, and art and craft. We also provide short-term financial aid to families that find difficulties in making ends meet.
Home Visitations – The Family Care team and volunteers regularly visit inmates’ families to offer friendship, comfort and counselling. Visitations are especially needful in cases where family members are ill or bed-ridden. It also enables us to ascertain the needs of family members.
Referrals to Family Service Centres, Counselling Centres and the Faith Community – Prison Fellowship Singapore partners with Christian Family Services and Counselling Centres, to provide professional counselling and social work services. Whilst doing this, we maintain friendships with the families, with a view of helping inmates to reintegrate and return to their families.
Spouse Ministry – When a loved one is imprisoned, the spouse tends to suffer greatly. Prison Fellowship Singapore helps spouses to adjust to life as a single parent and to become self-reliant. We support spouses through spiritual ministries including support groups, prayer sessions and Bible studies; and through practical programmes such as social gatherings, computer courses, language skills, craft and vocational training.
Parents Ministry – For the parents of inmates, Prison Fellowship Singapore provides emotional, medical and other practical assistance. In most cases, the separation from their imprisoned children results in a lack of support for parents, who often become surrogate parents to their grandchildren.