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Life can look like a scattered jigsaw puzzle for those recently released from prison.

Too often, these men are left to pick up the pieces and attempt to put together a life with little to no support. It can be overwhelming, debilitating, and—all too often—push men back into their former habits of crime and drugs.

These are the situations in which Soteria excels.

By offering both short-term and long-term support, Soteria helps returning citizens to  get back on their feet and build a sustainable, healthy life.

Explore Our Programs

Overview

Prison Re-entry

With a passion for reaching individuals whose lives have been impacted by crime, Soteria CDC provides individuals with the necessary essentials, including housing, job training, and discipleship programs, that they need in order to smoothly transition back into society. Currently, our Travelers Rest house is available for men, offering a 16-bed capacity.

Participants can stay up to one year in the Soteria Transitional Program. Upon graduation from the program, they receive assistance in finding permanent housing. In addition, there are three rental houses available for families once they leave the program. We also provide channels for those who would like to continue their education or pursue technical training.

Soteria CDC is committed to providing:

  • Transitional Housing
  • Transportation
  • Clothing and Food
  • Full Time Employment
  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling
  • Education and Technical Training
  • Mentoring
  • Devotion and Bible Study
  • Financial Literacy Classes
Soteria House
Soteria House

Where Hope for the Future Begins!

Soteria House provides returning citizens with transitional housing.  This is a Christian home that houses residents for no less than 6 months and no more than one year.  While in this program, money management skills, financial planning, and discipleship will be key areas of focus.  Interns will gain life skills to help sustain employment and maintain their relationship with their mentors as they become productive citizens.

Our Mission Statement

The mission of Soteria House is to provide the necessary essentials that returning citizens will need to make a smooth transition back into society.  It is our goal to enhance self-esteem, to help individuals reach their potential, and to find their purpose in life.  We are committed to providing housing, transportation, job placement, and alcohol and drug abuse counseling.  We are a channel for those who would like to continue their education or pursue technical training.

Soteria House is a Christ-centered, non-denominational, Bible-believing ministry.  We are dedicated to reaching men and women whose lives have been impacted by crime.  It is our goal to transform these individuals into law abiding, productive citizens.

Core Values
  • True reform comes from the individual making a personal decision to change.
  • Change is only possible through a changed heart and a renewed mind.
  • Only God can change the heart of man.
  • Every returning citizen needs a support group to help with the transition from incarceration back into society.
Starting with a Mentor

Soteria House will work with participants who are still incarcerated to build relationships.  This will be done through our mentoring program.  A mentor will be paired up with a participant.  Regular visits, correspondence, and Bible studies are a vital part of this discipleship phase.

The following goals represent the central focus and primary purpose of the mentorship phase:

Meeting Immediate Needs
  • Provision of transitional housing, food, clothing
  • Obtain employment or enroll in job training programs
Education
  • Develop or strengthen ability to read and write
  • Improve the ability to budget and deal with finances
  • Cultivate basic life skills
  • Encourage enrollment in courses to strengthen ability to obtain a better job (ex. computer or trade courses)
Social and Spiritual Reintegration
  • Disciple residents into Christian maturity
  • Nurture desire to volunteer and serve to better the community
  • Develop skills in conflict resolution and anger management
  • Renew and/or strengthen quality relationships with family and community
  • Relapse prevention
  • Cultivate moral values and responsibility
Economic Empowerment
  • Develop a budget and imporve credit worthiness
  • Maintain a savings account
  • Encourage good work habits and a positive work ethic
How to Apply

Entry into Soteria House requires referral from one of the following persons:

  • A chaplain or pastor
  • A caseworker, social worker, or warden
  • A prison minister or prison ministry program
  • A parole or probation officer

Applications must be submitted at least 6 months prior to release.

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Soteria at Work

Reclaiming Wood, Reclaiming Lives.

We provide both deconstruction and reclamation services for business and individual consumers.  SOTERIA AT WORK provides a sincere opportunity for individuals to learn and apply new skills, earn money, improve their long-term job prospects, and make a real difference in the community.

Visit our website to learn more: SOTERIAATWORK.COM

Other Programs

Assistance in Other Areas

Soteria CDC offers many other services within our community – from a food pantry to a spiritual home. If you have a need that you don’t see listed here, please still give us a call to see how we can help.

Community & Economic Development

An important aspect of Soteria’s mission is to utilize more local, state and federal resources to better serve the community through economic development.

We are committed to:

  • Educational classes in collaboration with businesses and community leaders to inform the community of various projects pertaining to economic growth
  • Education on the fundamental foundation for the building up of a community through economic development
  • Partnerships with other agencies and organizations to obtain funding to help meet the growing needs of the community
  • Researching and writing state and federal grant proposals necessary to acquire funding for community and economic development
Ministry Storehouse
I was released on parole in 2005. I had no one to turn to or no place to go…Soteria gave me a chance and within one week I had a job, a closet full of clothes, food and more resources than I had ever known to exist. I had been given a fresh start, a new family and a home. The people I met at Soteria were amazing and accepted me just the way that I was. – Michell

It’s almost impossible to make long-term plans when your short-term needs remain unmet. This is the need our Ministry Storehouse aims to fulfill, as it assists individuals with their practical needs. Through this, we aim to also open the door to minister to their spiritual needs. The Ministry Storehouse primarily serves Soteria Christian Fellowship members, attendees, and community residents in need of assistance.
Beneficiaries are interviewed and assessed to determine their qualification and needs. There are no fees involved. The Ministry Storehouse includes the following programs:

  • Food Pantry
  • Clothing Closet (TBA)
  • Low-Income Housing Rentals
  • Donations

Office Information

  • Open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Located at 210 Shaw Street, Greenville, SC 29609
Soteria Christian Fellowship

As our partner ministry, Soteria Christian Fellowship focuses on sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It offers worship, Christian community, and a prayer room, with the following core values:

  • Prayer (Acts 6:4)
  • Worship (John 4:23-24)
  • Discipleship (Matthew 28:18-20)
  • Christian Community (Acts 2:42)
  • Outreach (Matthew 25:35-36)

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