Our Biblical Principal
Philippians 3:13-14 – Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Our Mission Statment
To provide transitional housing for ex-offenders with programs that enable them to return to society as committed Christians and productive citizens.
What we do
We are a Faith Based Transitional Program for men. Our mission is to reintegrate a “better man” back in to society by helping them to develop the life changing habits and skills that will lead to success. Our mandatory program includes Bible Studies, Church, AA/NA meetings and Anger Management, Substance Abuse and Addiction classes. We also offer Case Management, Spiritual Counseling, Reintegration Skills, Employment Assistance, Medical and Mental Health referrals and help obtaining Driver’s Licenses, Social Security and ID cards. Our facility is a Safe, Clean, Drug and Alcohol free Residential environment. Our goal is to develop a Christ filled, successful, productive member of our community and our society. Our Faith Based Transitional Program is a 16 bed facility with an on-site Residential Manager. We are an approved Re-Entry Transitional Program by the Department of Corrections and the Florida Parole Commission.
It is not the tax dollars that are saved when a man successfully reintegrates into society that matters most. It is the individual, his attitude, his successes and his joys in being free from the shackles that bound him to a life of crime and ultimate despair. Just as the weakest link in a chain determines it’s strength, so goes our society. The Development Center rebuilds society’s weakest links into strong, productive citizens.
Jim Russo began a life of crime in his teens, became a professional “con man”, and eventually ended up in the Federal Penitentiary in Atlanta. It was there that he began reading the Bible, God changed his life, and he reached out to others with his testimony. After his release in 1966, he became active in the Methodist Church and received his License to Preach in 1978 and his Elder’s Orders in 1990. He founded “One Way Prison Ministry” (which later became Jim Russo Prison Ministry) in 1985, sharing the love of Jesus in prisons throughout Florida. ...
Our goal for 2015 is to be able to house 32 men.
Donations Goal #1
Day to Day Expenses include food, clothing, toiletries, and other basic needs for the year.
Donations Goal #2
2nd Residential Housing for 16 more men.
Meet the Staff