PCC gives support to Hebron House ex offender resettlement project

A new project jointly run by local churches received a big boost when Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands, Yvonne Mosquito, handed over a cheque in a ceremony at 2pm on 5 June 2014. The Hebron House (Birmingham) Resettlement Project aims to assist offenders and ex-offenders through mentoring, a drop-in centre and support towards employment.

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Project Co-ordinator, Tresetta Prentice said, 'We have a genuine interest in transforming and reforming individuals, families and communities.  There are too many young men and women whose prospects are blighted by broken homes, drug and substance abuse, unemployment, educational failure, a lifetime in care, mental illness and relationship abuse.  This project seeks to help through an alliance of likeminded people and organisations'.

The churches involved in this innovative project have long histories of working in socially deprived areas and reaching in to prisons as part of their social action agenda.  The Church of God of Prophecy, Aberdeen Street, Winson Green holds regular worship services and provide voluntary chaplaincy at the local prison; while New Jerusalem Apostolic Church is renowned for tackling social issues through its Transformation Centre located in Aston Cross.

Commenting on the Hebron House initiative Yvonne Mosquito said, 'Both church organisations share a vision to expand their work within prisons and wider society thereby transforming lives by providing structured support for prisoners before and after release. This is a much needed service that can help steer ex-offenders towards a crime-free life style that enhances them, their families and the entire community.'