Through mentoring, education and support, Parenting With Purpose will bring healing, restoration and liberty to families affected by incarceration.

What We Do

Working together for the greater good by building strong families

Parenting The Future with Purpose

Parenting With Purpose provides imprisoned fathers and mothers with parenting classes that focus on parenting education and encouragement.  Classes are designed to meet the unique needs of inmates who desire to learn how to become better parents, restore and strengthen their family relationships, and build a strong foundation in their homes.

Brothers' Keeper/Sisters' Keeper

Inmate fathers and mothers who complete these classes and desire additional individualized parenting support are then linked to a “Brothers’ Keeper” or “Sisters’ Keeper.”  A personalized volunteer support system, Brothers’ Keeper or Sisters’ Keeper ensures that the parent will be connected with a positive influence, someone who will be a source of emotional support, spiritual guidance, hope, and encouragement.  Brothers’ Keepers or Sisters’ Keeper serve as parenting coaches in assisting inmates as they parent their children from inside the prison with a strong emphasis on parenting after release. They  help to maintain and strengthen inmate parents’ personal commitment to be positive influences in the lives of their children.

Support Services

Through its relationships with incarcerated moms and dads, PWP establishes solid connections with entire families, offering continued support and guidance. Home visits take place on a regular basis and consist of conflict resolution, goal setting, accountability and Biblical counsel.

Once a parent is released PWP provides referrals for employment, schooling, housing, furniture, food and clothing to create the opportunity for parents to live productive lives once they are released back into their homes and our communities.

Mentoring For Life Change

for youth (ages 5-25) with incarcerated parents

PWP is committed to building quality, life-long mentoring relationships that change the lives of children forever.  The Mentoring for Life Change (MLC) program provides one-on-one mentoring for youth, ages 5-25, which are affected by a parent’s incarceration.  MLC participants are involved in the program during their parent’s incarceration, as well as after their parent’s release.   The mentor serves as an example and a role model of how healthy adult life-styles, positive family relationships and spiritual vitality make a difference in the life of a young person. 

Every mentor match is same gender and formed naturally through prior interaction with interested youth in an activity or group setting.  PWP trains mentors to meet and relate to the unique needs of prisoners’ children and provides ongoing encouragement and staff support to every mentor. 

Overcomers Group

Everyone in our mentoring program is encouraged to attend this monthly support group, which focuses on biblical principles for personal growth. In this group, youth receive a healthy lunch a message of hope and encouragement, and an opportunity to talk among peers about the issues they experience.

Come and join us at the next overcomers group

Other PWP Services

Annual Service Project

At PWP we desire to instill the value of serving others and giving back. Our children and youth look forward to our annual Feed My Starving Children event in October. Typically, 40-50 of our youth and volunteers attend this event and pack over 3,000 meals during our time there. This is not only rewarding, but it provides us an avenue to instill the biblical value that it is better to give than receive.

Blessing Closet

Each year through the Blessing Closet, PWP distributes approximately $2,500 worth of household items and necessities to families affected by incarceration. Thanks to Pottery Barn Ridgedale, individuals and organizations for keeping our closet well stocked!

Parenting Classes

Parenting With Purpose provides imprisoned fathers and mothers with parenting classes that focus on parenting education and encouragement. Classes are designed to meet the unique needs of inmates who desire to learn how to become better parents, restore and strengthen their family relationships, and build a strong foundation in their homes.

School Back Packs

Yearly PWP distributes school backpacks full of supplies to 40 children of prisoners. Thanks to individuals and CRU for supplying the backpacks and school supplies!

Lunch of Love

Each month all the attendees of the Overcomers Group receive a nutritious lunch. Thanks to St James Lutheran Church for preparing and serving this meal with love!

Brothers' Keeper/Sisters' Keeper

Inmate fathers and mothers who complete these classes and desire additional individualized parenting support are then linked to a “Brothers’ Keeper” or “Sisters’ Keeper.” A personalized volunteer support system.

Brothers’ Keeper or Sisters’ Keeper ensures that the parent will be connected with a positive influence, someone who will be a source of emotional support, spiritual guidance, hope, and encouragement.

Brothers’ Keepers or Sisters’ Keeper serve as parenting coaches in assisting inmates as they parent their children from inside the prison with a strong emphasis on parenting after release. They help to maintain and strengthen inmate parents’ personal commitment to be positive influences in the lives of their children.