The orange donation box on the corner of our parking lot benefits the 72 Hour Fund, a ministry of Doing His Time, an organization which seeks to minister to ex-offenders just coming out of prison by helping them get settled into their new life.
No matter how tough an inmate is inside, the thought of “being on the street” is daunting. During the first 72 hours after release, ex-offenders are uncertain about the basics of life, such as sleeping arrangements, securing food and better clothes. Essentials like birth certificates, social security cards and driver’s licenses seem like mountains to be climbed. Predators selling drugs and offering an easy return to the old lifestyles are everywhere as men and women step off the bus.
Doing HIS Time established the 72 Hour Fund in Denver, CO in April, 2004. 72 Hour Fund offers vital, tangible, hands-on assistance for former inmates to help them take positive steps towards successful reintegration. For example, if allowed by their P.O., women can receive a voucher for a free haircut and a manicure. Cloths, bus tokens, food or hygiene items are all small “cups of cold water” (see Matthew 10:42) that immediately begin restoring dignity and self-respect. Clothes, bus tokens, job counseling, housing, food and other basic essentials are available on a needs-driven basis for all who make an appointment.
For more about 72 Hour Fund visit http://doinghistime.org/index.php?page=72-hour-fund-colorado