Prison Gate Ministry
Befriending ministry begins at the gate of Changi Prison. The Prison Fellowship Singapore After-Care team greets the releasees on the day of their release. On average, each year we minister to about 200 new releases. Every releasee is welcomed at the gate and has a Christian brother/sister who journeys with him/her for one year.
Upon completion of their sentences, most ex-offenders need help with employment, upgrading of skills and finances. Equally important, they need to develop healthy friendships, support and encouragement to continue their transformation. Our After-Care team offers a ‘prison gate’ ministry, After-Care Centre, education, employment, regular fellowship meetings and support groups.
- Weekly bilingual men and ladies’ support groups in the evenings.
- Chapel service and dinner every second Saturday of the month.
- Social events every fourth Saturday of each month.
- Annual After-Care retreats.
- Christmas thanksgiving services and dinner for our clients and volunteers.
Employment Assistance – We help ex-offenders find employment and assists them in preparing for job interviews. Once they are gainfully employed, the PFS after-care team members visit them at their workplace and collaborate with employers to help the men and women adjust to the work environment.
Financial Assistance – We help ex-offenders with immediate needs such as clothing, transport assistance and food hampers. In genuine cases, PFS will provide financial assistance for up to three months.
Vocational Training and Academic Tuition – Our volunteers provide training in computer skills, language proficiency and also tuition sessions for ex-offenders sitting for their ‘N’, ‘O’ and ‘A’ level examinations.
Aftercare Support Groups and Fellowship Meetings – Weekly fellowship meetings are held on Saturdays for clients to reflect on what they have learnt and share the joys and struggles that they experienced during the week. These meetings help ex-offenders to develop healthy friendships. Through its partnership with churches, Prison Fellowship Singapore helps connect ex-offenders and their families with a caring congregation that will welcome and support them, not only through the tough transitional stage from prison to community, but also for the “long haul” of their on-going spiritual journey.