If you are inspired by the mission and work of Soteria and would like to get involved, please let us know!
We regularly schedule training sessions for our volunteers for individuals, organized groups, and churces. During COVID-19, we are conducting sessions over video conferencing. To get started, please submit a Volunteer Application.
Guys come to Soteria straight from prison, often with just the shirts on their backs. We are always in need of mens clothing and shoes.
Our job training program, Soteria at Work, is bursting at the seams with orders for reclaimed wood artifacts and furniture. As we grow, so does our need for carpentry tools and technology. The tools increase our capacity while computers and software enable us to teach and use 3D modeling for the pieces we build.
Here is a quick list of items to donate:
- First Day Kit (Bible, toothpaste, toothbrush, dental floss, soap, deodorant, shaving cream, socks, bottled water, washcloths)
- Men’s Clothing (gently-used / size M-XL)
- Mens shoes
- Non-perishable Food Items
- Carpentry Tools
Donation Drop-off Location:
210 Shaw Street
Greenville, SC 29609
You would never believe the difference a Pen-Pal can make. When guys talk about what helped them decide to turn their lives around, they often credit a Pen-Pal or mentor. Someone from the outside community who cares and stays in touch with them can make all the difference.
Soteria CDC will match you with an incarcerated individual, and all letters to and from your Pen-Pal will be sent through Soteria and screened.
Mentors take the time to visit our previously incarcerated interns on a regular basis and spend time both getting to know them and also providing encouragement and support. Consistency is key here. Mentors can decide with their mentees how often to visit, but once set – their job is to be a source of stability and trust.
We are looking for motivated individuals to support, lead, and represent Soteria’s work in the greater community.
The guys that enter Soteria have spent years or even lifetimes engulfed in a world where trust, stability, and healthy relationships are foreign entities. They come to Soteria to start a new life, but that is not an easy task. We need professionals to help treat and guide these men, so we are always looking for:
- Medical Care
- Substance Abuse Counseling
- Relationship Counseling
- Financial Management
Our job training program, Soteria At Work, trains our residents to build furniture from reclaimed wood. We are looking to build one-on-one relationships between our guys and woodworkers in the community. These volunteers combine mentoring with skill-building.
Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!
We can’t say it enough. Employment may be the most critical component of what we do at Soteria. If men cannot find work, they will return to the streets. At Soteria, we not only want to find jobs for our guys, but we want to help them build a career in their fields of interest.
We match guys who want to own restaurants with jobs in hospitality. We help those with a future in a salon enroll in Barber training. If a guy has a dream career, then Soteria goes out into the community to find opportunity for that dream to become a reality.
Work with us.
Our men have completed life skills training, financial management classes, and have first held down jobs under our own umbrella with Soteria At Work.
Here is what we ask:
Get to know him first. Then decide if you think a crime committed so many years ago should prevent this person from employment.
Call us at 864.272.0681 to discuss potential opportunities.