Kairos Prison Ministry International, Inc. (“Kairos”), a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, is proud to announce that Kairos of New York, has been bestowed the New York State Council of Churches 2019 Excellence in Chaplaincy Award. The award was presented in Albany, New York to the Kairos of New York state chair, Phyllis Doane who was joined by the Kairos volunteers who were able to attend as well as Evelyn Lemly, CEO of Kairos Prison Ministry International.
Kairos Prison Ministry is a ministry whose mission is to share the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ with prisoners and their families through three programs: Kairos Inside, for incarcerated men and women; Kairos Outside, for female relatives/friends of the incarcerated; and Kairos Torch, for incarcerated youth. The programs result in an improved prison living environment, reduced recidivism after leaving prison, safer communities, and healed families based on personal transformations. Recent studies have shown that recidivism rates can be reduced by more than 50%.
Reverend Peter Cook, Executive Director of the New York State Council of Churches stated, “Kairos offers a beautifully structured program which helps to enrich and redeem the lives of incarcerated men, women, youth, and their families.” Reverend Cook went on to say, “Kairos reminds us that all people are created in the image of God and are capable of restoration and rehabilitation. People discover the restorative life of Christ through the relationships they build with one another and Kairos, through its thoughtful work, is a great facilitator of such restoration.”
About Kairos Prison Ministry
Kairos Prison Ministry International, Inc. is a lay-led, interdenominational Christian ministry in which men and women volunteers bring Christ’s love and forgiveness to prisoners and their families through three programs: Kairos Inside, for incarcerated men and women; Kairos Outside, for female relatives/friends of the incarcerated; and Kairos Torch, for incarcerated youth. From simple beginnings as a short course in Christianity inside a Florida prison in 1976, Kairos has grown to serve more than 500 prisons and communities in 10 countries and 37 states. Each year, more than 30,000 volunteers donate 3 million hours of service with an estimated dollar value of $36 million. To learn more, visit www.kairosprisonministry.org.