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FORMER INMATES STRIVING TOGETHER  

WELCOME

Former Inmates Striving Together is faith-based organization of formerly incarcerated men and women, 18 years and older, drawing on experiences and focusing their energy to assist ex-offenders reintegrate into society.

 

CHALLENGES

Each year there are over 600,000 ex-offenders that are returning to their home communities after they have served their prison sentences. Housing, employment, lacking basic education and skills are all major factors in the barriers that men and women that have been formerly incarcerated face. Additionally, support systems that specifically address these needs & the needs of ex-offenders are few and far between.

While many have the initial desire to be self-supportive and prove themselves capable of changing their lives for the good; all to often, lack of resources, lack of opportunities, and lack of hope wear down one's resolve with an end result of turning back to old ways and returning back to the prison system. Not surprisingly, the majority of people coming out of prison do not succeed in staying out. It is estimated that roughly 2/3rds of all those released from prison will return within just a few short years. Generally, within the first months of release high hopes are quickly lost do to the reality of limited employment, employers unwilling to even consider an applicant having a criminal past, not having the necessary job and life skills to make in this world today, and having a lack of spiritual grounding.

F.I.S.T. Inc. looks to make a difference by offering a firm foundation to erect each person's spiritual house and place to begin re-building their lives. F.I.S.T. Inc. helps and supports people who have been jailed or imprisoned. We do not judge.  Literally thousands of studies and reports show that there are four major problem areas that affect the likelihood of ex-offenders returning to crime.  They are: stable employment, housing, substance abuse treatment, and learning pro-social behaviors.  Spiritual Fellowship also has a tremendous impact on preventing ex-offenders from returning to crime.  F.I.S.T. Inc. addresses   all five of these cornerstones.

Intersted in helping F.I.S.T. Inc. achieve these goals? The organization and its members can always use bus passes to assist with job searching and initial transportation to a new job, gift cards to Kmart, Target, Home Depot, Office Depot, etc. which will help with obtaining toiletries, building upkeep, and office supplies. Additionally, we are always on the look out for employment opportunities for our members. F.I.S.T. Inc. can screen job candidates to fit the needs of your business.

If you would like to partner with F.I.S.T. Inc, become a supporter or volunteer, or perhaps you have a loved one that may be in need of our services, p;ease contact us at info@fistinc.org or (847) 672-9924.