We began this ministry in 2012 after many years of teaching and mentoring women in the Texas prison system.
“I am in jail for the 3rd time and I am sick and tired of living the same drug addicted life. In the past, my mother and son begged me to change. Now, I’ve lost my family, friends, home, jobs and my self-worth. I want to start over with Christ in my life, but I have nowhere to live. Can you help me?”
This plea for help and transformation from the women we taught at Henley Jail became a calling from God to establish a safe and stable Christian home for women who show a desire to change their lives through a relationship with Christ.
Statistics reveal that 8 out of 10 ex-offenders in Texas will return to prison; however, with Christ-centered discipleship and mentoring, recidivism is dramatically reduced. There is a shared belief that living in a safe, faith based house is necessary for ex-offenders to fully reintegrate into society and become the women that God created them to be. Prison experts acknowledge transitional living as a pressing need. Without a safe place, offenders return to the people, places, and habits that led them into prison. The Oaks of Righteousness is being established as a way to break the cycle of addiction and homelessness, offering hope for a better future.
The Oaks of Righteousness is a non-profit organization which is governed by a Board of Directors and other concerned individuals.
President – Steve Reeves
Vice President - Elvia Powell
Secretary - Terry Amos
Treasurer – Jodie Felder
Board of Directors:
Director of Operations - Charity Fyke
Operations Committee - Terry Amos, Beth Whittier
Director of Communications - Debra Kahanek
Communications Committee - Trish Nierode, Catherine Ellett
Director of Maintenance - Brian Powell
Director of Fundraising
Members At-Large - Karen Russell, Denise Smoot
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