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"Remember those in prison as of you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated
as if you yourself were suffering.” -Hebrews 13:3

Our Mission

To serve as a clearing house for a coalition of providers to assist released inmates in securing and obtaining employment, earning higher wages, obtaining better quality jobs and gaining access to state and federal benefits and tax credits so they can be law-abiding citizens instead of repeat offenders as evidenced by documented  and invested partners/resources.

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Contact:

Hands and Feet Ministries
Linda Austin, Executive Director
P. O. Box 507
Damascus, VA 24236
www.handsandfeetministry.org
laustin@bvu.net

According to some estimates, nearly 66% of all ex-offenders will be arrested again within three years unless something is done to reduce this trend.  The DOC budget is much more heavily weighted toward incarceration of offenders than toward the provision or programming for aftercare.


The majority of these ex-offenders have histories of substance abuse and/or mental health problems.  If communities fail to respond to the needs of this growing population, their recidivism rates will continue to be unacceptably high.  The cost to the individuals and to society as a whole simply cannot be overstated.

The overall recidivism rate in Washington County, VA is 50—70%.  Factors such as development of job skills, a vigorous spiritual life, and social contract with other productive citizens are major factors in enabling former felons to re-enter society successfully.