In 2007, the U.S. prison population topped 2 million for the first time. Of those released, two-thirds were returning to jail or prison within three years. This is largely due to the fact that individuals returning to communities after being released from jail or prison arrive with fewer resources and bigger problems than when they left. Most struggle to find jobs, housing, or a safe, healthy support system. In the state of Kansas alone, the projected cost increase that would accompany the prison population increase was estimated to be $500 million in 2007.
Seeds of Hope helps incarcerated and recently released individuals grow spiritually, intellectually and in character so that they can successfully transition out of the corrections system and become contributing members of their families and communities. Our goal is to provide opportunities and supports that enable these individuals to lead safe, stable and productive lives.
In 2003, the Gideon’s recruited volunteers to visit inmates at the Finney County Jail in Garden City, Kansas. Seeds of Hope was formed in 2007 to fill the need for a full-time ministry presence in the jail. We continue to expand our funding, services and support for our clients and volunteers in an effort to truly transform lives.
We are glad that you are interested in Seeds of Hope! Find out more about our programs and services, learn about ways you can volunteer with or donate to our organization, or contact us with any questions.