SEEKING CHRIST IN OUR NEIGHBOR … BY WORKING TO BREAK THE CYCLE OF INCARCERATION.
Concordance Academy of Leadership, a St. Louis organization that provides services to people released from prison to help them reenter life outside prison, works with community organizations to provide “partnership teams” for participants in their program.
Concordance’s professional staff provides participants with education and employment training, job and housing placement, mental health and substance abuse treatment, as well as classes on social, emotional, and financial literacy skills. Partnership teams consist of 5-7 community members who commit to loving and supporting one of Concordance’s participants for a year. This support ranges from practical (helping with transportation, job interview prep, or writing a budget) to emotional/spiritual (talking through family struggles, taking out to dinner, or inviting to church). Each relationship looks different based on the participant’s needs and goals, but in every case, the partnership team plays a crucial role in reminding these men and women that they are loved and valued.
Concordance has asked if Pilgrims could create a partnership team. The commitment would not be for endless meetings, but to building a relationship with someone fighting to get back on their feet. All team members are provided with training and support from Concordance. If you are interested in being part of Pilgrim’s partnership team, please let the Church Office know and plan on attending a 2-hour training session, held the last Tuesday of each month at Concordance’s Maryland Heights headquarters at 1845 Borman Court St. Louis, MO 63146.
The next training session will be Tuesday, January 30, 5:30 p.m. –7:30 p.m. On Sunday, January 28, Concordance’s Volunteer Coordinator will give a Mission Moment during worship and be available for questions after the service.