Prison and Re-Entry Ministry

“I was released and you welcomed me.”
Albert Einstein said, “in the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” No doubt COVID 19 is an extreme challenge but it has ushered in significant opportunities for NMCC to further our passions and partnerships in the area of social justice.
During this pandemic we have been called to broaden our conversation on racial inequalities particularly with a focus on the very vulnerable prison population that suffers from crowded and unsafe conditions.
An opportunity by way of an invitation from the First Congregational Church of Guilford helps us expand our commitment to making a difference. We have been asked to participate in Guilford’s Prison and Re-entry Ministry. This hands-on BACKPACK AND DUFFLE BAG PROGRAM is designed to assist people who have been incarcerated as they are released and integrated back into the community. The goal is to provide filled backpacks/duffle bags to men and women through Project Fresh Start in New Haven. NMCC has made a commitment to purchase and fill 5 backpacks and 5 duffle bags by the end of May. Here are 2 ways you can participate in this ministry.
  • Underwrite the cost of a backpack/duffle bag for $100 (make a check payable to NMCC and label backpack ministry)
OR
  • Purchase any of the items on this list and drop off at the church.
Please coordinate your donations with Sue Kenney: ptwellnesscenter @aol.com or text at: 203-530-1153
Sue will be accepting donations at the church (on the porch to the fellowship hall entrance) on Saturday, May 23 9:00-12:30 and Sunday, May 24, 11:30-1:00. There will be a large labelled bin at the church for donations if you would like to drop them off outside these hours.
Here’s what is needed:
Men’s Backpacks x 5
(5 of each item)
18” backpack
Towel set:
2 washcloths, 1 hand towel, 1 bath
towel
Shampoo
Shaving cream, razors
Toilet paper
Deodorant
Body and foot powders (no talc)
Bodywash
Calendars
Note pads/pens
Socks, T shirts, undershirts, light jackets and ball caps (Size Lg or XL)
Hand sanitizer
$10 grocery gift cards
Women’s Duffle Bags x 5
(5 of each item)
25 x 12 x 12 duffle bags
Towel set:
2 washcloths, 1 hand towel, 1 bath
towel
Bodywash
Shampoo/Conditioner combo
Hairbrush
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Shaving cream, razors
Toilet paper
Deodorant
Hand cream
Tampons
Notepads/pens
Socks, T shirts or blouses, rain poncho (Size: Lg or XL)
Small umbrella
Hand sanitizer
$10 grocery gift cards