A metro program is earning credit for helping ease inmates back into society. Crossover Prison Ministries uses a soft touch of religion and fellowship with a strong message of education and personal accountability.
Only 11% of Crossover alum end up back in prison, a figure that’s well below state and national trends.
Mark Boyer is an example of a success story. His history includes several arrests for DUI. He said drugs and alcohol too over his life. “I was out of control and by the grace of God I got arrested. Otherwise I would have killed myself,” Boyer said.
He was sentenced to two years. At one point, he received a card in the mail while in prison. It told him about Crossover. Boyer said it changed his life. Today, he is a regular volunteer for the ministry. He found work as a chef after finding inner peace.
Jeannie Bates started Crossover in her home nine years ago. She says she saw a need to help inmates get out of prison and stay out, “Often it’s a new neighborhood. Often, it’s how to find a job, how to manage your finances. Sometimes it’s technological. They haven’t had access much to computers.”
Ultimately, the program outgrew Bates’ home. The ministry now meets every Monday at First Christian Church.
Crossover runs entirely on volunteers and it desperately needs more. To volunteer, call 402-556-6793 or send an email to CrossoverPrisonMinistries@cox.net.