For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,That whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world,
but that the world through Him might be saved. John 3:16-17 NKJV
Feb. 7th, 2020 at 6:00 PM
There will be a Dr. Martin Luther King / Black Empowerment Program at Montgomery Village Community Room, light refreshments. Montgomery and Summer streets, Paterson, NJ
We have feed the hungry!
We have clothed the cold!
We have provided for the Children this Christmas!
2018 the year of TOGETHERNESS, there is no greater need than for us to come together this year and forever more. 2018 will be a great year of building the strong foundation to survive until the coming of Christ. We all must band together regardless of doctrine and move in a Godly, righteous and faith filled, spiritual direction. My brothers and sisters let us not be lead astray by trivial matters created to separate us but let us band together, pooling our resources and being that strong arm whenever and where ever needed. Lets move as one family and help each other as family as our savior helps us.
Everlasting Life Foundation Ministry was created to serve the community of Paterson spiritually and secularly. Everlasting Life Foundation Ministry is designated a 501 (c) 3 as determined by the Internal Revenue Service. A Church with a Godly mission to serve this great country, this State of New Jersey and the community of Paterson with humility and our God given strength. Everlasting Life Foundation Ministry serves the need of the community regardless of race, religion, creed, color and political affiliation. We serve individuals not groups, through our different ministries.
Everlasting Life Publications publishes Christian newsletters and tracts for distribution mainly to the shut in and prison locations. These publications are available for download on our web site.
Everlasting Life Foundation Ministry provides toys for the children at Christmas time, food baskets and turkeys for families during thanksgiving. We provide coats for men, women and children during the winter; we try to fill the family Christmas need with gifts of warmth. We gave homeless children bags this year with blankets, a book and a stuffed animal or toy. We have partnered with various organizations to meet the needs of the community and also supply these organizations with a distribution network.
Overseer William O. Henry, Pastor
Rev. Doris Carter, Co-Pastor, Treasurer
Elder John and Arie Reese, Associate-Pastors
Deacon Cinda Wallace, Secretary
Founded: 2002, January 2nd, New Jersey Non-Profit Corporation.
Founder: Overseer William O. Henry
Internal Revenue Service determination of 501 (c)3 Tax Exempt Status Jan. 3, 2002
The Church in collaboration with Everlasting Life Foundation CDC, Another Chance Mentor Project’s unique design is to help ex-offenders adapt back into society for LIFE, through hands on mentoring programs, life skills training, education, and self-actualization.
Mission: To assist individuals and citizens with adapting to societies issues by providing the needed knowledge and understanding to adjust to a constantly changing world.
This program’s design is to start with the ex-offender (referred to as mentee) while still incarcerated and provides the necessary essentials of life upon their release. Upon the mentee’s release their assessment should have provided the programs and needs tailored to that mentee; by providing housing, physical and mental examinations, educational counseling and placement, an most importantly employment opportunity; the mentee must find gainful employment. The mentee must be reconnected with his or her family if possible. Everlasting Life Mentor program will walk the mentee through life with programs designed to build their self esteem, confidence, humility and the truth that they may train others in the essentials of life program.
• To cut the recidivism of Everlasting Life’s participants by two third the usual rate.
• To train these ex-offenders’ to become productive in society.
• To reacquaint the ex-offender with his or her family.
• To find gainful employment of the ex-offender by education and on job training.
• To find temporary financial support system for ex-offender.
• To provide support services that other organizations have fallen short on.
• Train the ex-offender in Crime prevention and neighborhood watch.
• Teach the ex-offender the law, United States Constitution and New Jersey Constitution.
• Develop data collection and information system to track ex-offender and their children through life.
Research Based Rationale for Ex-offenders:
Recidivism (re-sid-uh-viz-uh’m) the chronic tendency toward repetition of criminal or antisocial behavioral patterns. The United States of America has the highest incarceration rate in the world 2.3 million. Annually, approximately 14,000 inmates are release from New Jersey correctional facilities, 2 out of 3 of these inmates will return to prison within 5 years. New Jersey Taxpayers pay roughly $48,000 per year, per inmate ( Metcalfe, 2012).
According to the Pew Center on the States, more than four in 10 offenders return to prison within three years, and across the country, the rate of this revolving door has been fairly consistent – even though prison spending has spiked to $52 billion a year.
In fact, if just the 10 states with the greatest potential cost savings reduced their recidivism rates by 10 percent, they could save more than $470 million in a single year. These include Alaska, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Texas (Bosh, 2011).
Nationwide, nearly two-thirds of the 700,000 prisoners released annually are back in jail within three years. In New Jersey, more than half the offenders released from state prison are rearrested for a new crime within nine months.
In 2008, the average annual cost of incarceration in New Jersey was $46,880. But that represents a fraction of the toll that recidivism exacts as a result of factors like family destabilization and economic disruption.
Newark Prisoner Reentry Initiative has provided more than 1,400 former prisoners with job development, job retention, case management and mentoring services. More than 900 have been placed in jobs at an average wage that tops $9 an hour, and the six-month retention rate is 70 percent. Most important, the one-year recidivism rate among program recipients is below the New Jersey state average. *
It’s amazing that it cost $48,000 to house a inmate for a year in prison, yet you can send that same inmate to Rutgers University in Newark for a year with housing and meals for approximately $22,800.
An effective mentoring program of reintegration into society will reduce the recidivism rate; meaning the crime should be reduced in the community over time.
Mentoring is something that must be done with firmness, care and love, by being, the example to these men and women. The mentors will focus on the mentee’s issues and trying to bring the mentee into an understanding of their life and how these issues may have affected the outcome and future of them and their families. The mentor must encourage the mentee with guidance, advice and simply listening to the mentee and their issues with life. The mentee must trust the mentor and build a confidence in that person.
Our mentors will be of various religious backgrounds that they may service the mentee better. This mentor program is not based on religion but it is our belief that if any mentee is religious it is best to keep him in that religion. As long as the mentee follows his religious belief, we can track his growth and well being. As an example, if the said mentee was to stop going to church or the mosque it may be a sign that they have returned to a life to crime or dabbling in criminality.
The mentor will also be responsible for staying in contact with the church, mosque, and minister of the mentee. This contact is important and must be documented; the minister should be keep abreast of the mentee progress since they are a stakeholder in this recover process.