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What is WELCOME HOME SUNDAY?

It is a time to join together with Pastors, Members of Congregations, and returning citizens recently released from incarceration, in a particular community of focus for each Welcome Home Sunday event.  It is a time to learn and be inspired, and a chance to hear personal stories from returning citizens.  Welcome Home Sunday is an invitation to join in this ministry with those who are currently involved and committed to re-entry programs.

Become Involved!  Mentor and Share in Relationships with our Returning Citizens

Our goal is the restoration of all citizens to full acceptance and participation in our society.

The most recent WHS event was held at:

  The Wesley Foundation,

on Oct. 9, 2016

at S.U. in Baton Rouge, LA

Thanks to all who participated!

Please watch our web site and newsletters for information on future events.

The first ever WHS event was held on May 31st, 2015

in New Orleans, LA.

Over 230 people attended the inaugural event of “Welcome Home Sunday” on May 31, 2015 at Dillard University in New Orleans.   Thanks to all who braved the pouring rain and flooded streets to be involved!   

     Welcome Home Sunday was born out of the need for further reentry programs where communities of faith reach out to returning citizens with resources and refuge, especially when they come out of prison and are most vulnerable for returning.

St. Peter Claver Choir led

the worship

Tom Costanza, a Micah partner and the Division Director for Catholic Charities New Orleans, emceed the event.  Rev. Dan Krutz, Executive Director of the Louisiana Interchurch Conference set the tone for the afternoon when he opened by stating, “we need to do some ‘de-incarcerating.’” 

Keynote speaker Archbishop Gregory Aymond, of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans, laid out his recommendation for a 10-point plan for faith communities who seek to make a real difference in the lives of formerly incarcerated:

  • Welcome them by name
  • Tell them that "God is the God of a second chance and sometimes a third or fourth chance."
  • Welcome their families and help those families support them.
  • Help them find housing
  • Help them find work
  • Mentor them
  • Challenge them to work toward rehabilitation
  • Invite them into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • Help them reconcile with their victims.
  • Be a presence for them so they can become "a people of thanksgiving."

A Call to Prayer

The event was brought to a close by a call to action for Faith Communities. 

 

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