Outmate Outreach(C)
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OOPM was originally conceived in 1978 by a staff  Volunteer Coordinators for Prison Fellowship at the federal prison in Ft.
Worth, Texas. Although there was no formal organizational structure, volunteers used their personal resources to minister to
families of inmates - those family members that were paying the price without being incarcerated.  

OOPM was officially organized in 2003 and since then, has ministered to 100's of inmates in Texas, Louisiana, Missouri,
Arizona and California.  Since 2016, OOPM has trained inmates with its copyrighted life coach training program.

In March 2019, Jeff Thomas, J.D., agreed to serve as President and Executive Director of Outmate Outreach.  
Our commitment is to be a resource to all believers that are behind bars who serve by sharing their faith with others.  We
cross all denominational lines, recognizing that the Spirit of God moves in many different ways. As such, we are not
affiliated with any church group or denomination, nor do we receive guidance, instruction or financial support from any
organization for the prison ministry.  A customary fee is charged the general public for the training program.
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Would you like to be
a part of this ministry?
We need
volunteers for
a variety of projects.
If you would like
to learn more,
please contact us.

Volunteer Coordinator
8900 Brittonville Road
Silsbee, Tx 77656
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Since its inception, OOPM has been recognized as an innovator in prison ministry, with the quarterly newsletter, “The
”, reaching deep into administrative segregation to inmates unknown to the church and to most ministries.  
Word of mouth has increased circulation to over 40 units in Texas alone, with many inmates in general population.  

Incorporated into the fabric of the newsletter is Family Prayer Time.  This is an informal meeting of all inmates across the
system as they join together, each Sunday night at 10:00 pm CDT for a time of corporate prayer, understanding the principle
of “two or three joining together” does not necessarily mean “physically” together.  Participants have seen answer to  
prayers because of their faithfulness in this time together.

The exciting new program called  “
Peacemakers” serves to train long-term inmates for ministry  behind bars.  Available to
inmates with longer than ten years to serve,
Outmate Outreach Training Institute offers free seminary level courses for
select individuals to act as ministry liaisons, providing spiritual advice and counseling to their peers.

Our Family Services department works as a facilitator between families in need and with local groups who provide
resources for emergencies, employment, childcare, transportation, housing, etc.  Survivor scholarships will soon be
available to children of TDCJ inmates who lost their lives in early 2015.

The ministry works to provide Volunteer Chaplains to inmate family organizations such as the Texas Inmate Family
Association.  Carefully selected, trained and placed in local chapters, these volunteers are able to minister to family needs
and coordinate resources through local churches.  Under the umbrella of IMP Inc., we are developing a permanent home
for the ministry at the IMPRE Conference Center, 8900 Brittonville Road,  Silsbee, Texas.
OOPM has no paid staff, no salaries, and no financial obligations.  Funds for daily operations come from gifts and
donations, with public and private contributions going toward expenses, printing and mailing of newsletters, training
materials, and inmate correspondence,.   Institutional giving to create an endowment fund is separate and is earmarked
for survivor scholarships, emergency funding and strategic planning.  We are organized as a non-profit under the laws of
the State of Texas and have  made application for IRS 501 (c) 3 status.

                         (Donations for daily operations for the ministry are never requested, but always accepted.
Your Contributions are
Our Sole Support!
Thanks for your prayers and support!