After incarceration, basic necessities like clean, appropriate clothing are imperative for everyday wear and for obtaining and keeping a job. When it comes to the story of the repentant prodigal son returning home in Luke 15, his father ensured he was well provided for asking his servants to get the best robe and put it on him. But many ex-prisoners are without a supportive family. And, that’s where the church can step in.
Considering that ex-prisoners typically return to society with no wardrobe – or the financial ability to acquire one – the importance of proper clothing is significant for success and feelings of self-respect.
For volunteers who want to help ex-prisoners build a new life, being part of a team to start a clothes closet ministry might just be the perfect fit. This team would help get the closet going, volunteer time when available, and recruit other church members to assist in continuing the ministry.