WASHINGTON–Prison Fellowship, the nation’s largest Christian non-profit serving prisoners, former prisoners and their families, has received a multimillion dollar investment from Hobby Lobby stores, the arts and craft retail giant.
“The investment will help Prison Fellowship continue a multi-pronged, holistic approach to achieve more successful justice outcomes in Oklahoma, with a particular focus on the rising rates of women’s incarceration,” a news release said.
“Hobby Lobby’s generous and continued support helps Prison Fellowship in a number of programs—from arrest to reintegration—as we journey with the incarcerated men and women of Oklahoma on their pathway to restoration,” said James Ackerman, president of Prison Fellowship.
“Through our criminal justice policy campaigns, we are an active voice for comprehensive reform packages in the Sooner State.
“We also serve Oklahoma’s youth by restoring and strengthening the relationships between incarcerated moms and dads and their children with our Angel Tree program.”
“Hobby Lobby values our partnership with Prison Fellowship and deeply respects their ongoing commitment to seeing God’s restorative justice lovingly impact all those individuals and communities affected by crime and incarceration,” said Tyler Green, ministries coordinator of Hobby Lobby.
“We believe corporate and public partnerships possess enormous potential to help transform the criminal justice system,” said Natika Washington, vice president of corporate partnerships of Prison Fellowship.
“Prison Fellowship has launched a public-private partnership between the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, philanthropy, and frontline reentry service providers to ensure that women in Oklahoma involved in the criminal justice system have the support they need for a safe, healthy and successful integration into society.
“Together, we can help rebuild families, empower youth, and prepare men and women to return to communities as good citizens.”
“By developing rehabilitative communities in prison through our biblically-based Prison Fellowship Academy program and empowering transformational corrections leaders through our Warden Exchange program,” Mr. Ackerman went on,
“We prepare good citizens who not only demonstrate the ability to live crime-free upon release but also contribute positively to their communities.
“Generous funding from Hobby Lobby and other partners in Oklahoma has allowed for the creation and sustainment of seven Prison Fellowship Academy sites, impacting the lives of hundreds throughout the state.”