Jim Russo Ministry and Development Center

Our Ministry

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.

Our Impact

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.

About Us

a 501 C(3) Non-Profit
"The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'

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. ...

  • Housing Capacity

    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

You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.
Gal 5:13
I am honored to be working as the Development Center Director. God has blessed me with the opportunity to carry on the dream and legacy of my grandfather, Rev. Jim Russo. I am daily reminded and rewarded by Jesus’ words in Matthew 25: “I was in prison and you visited me…Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did it for me.”
Administrative Assistant
Romans 13:10 tells us “love works no ill to his neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.” What a blessing and a promise! We have been loved first by God and are called to love those around us. I am so grateful to God for allowing me the opportunity to work for this ministry.
Charles Mintlow
Resident Manager
God has led me in a full circle as Residential Manager at Jim Russo. When I wake up in the morning, I never know what the day will hold. Sometimes it involves picking up a new client at the bus station, cooking dinner, counseling the men, or fixing a bicycle. The Bible says “Whatever you do, work at it wholeheartedly as though you were doing it for the Lord and not merely for people.” (Col. 3:23)


Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
2CO 4:16

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