Salvation; deliverance, preservation, and safety
From the Greek
It has been said that you never truly know someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes. This has been the reality for Soteria CDC—a ministry born from the personal experiences of a life redeemed while in prison. As Jerry Blassingame was serving a 20-year sentence, he gained an understanding of the troubles facing men and women when they are released from prison. He connected with the other inmates and eventually saw himself as a prime candidate to help change the patterns. He formed an idea for a ministry that would speak to ex-prisoners, teach them life skills, and help them rebuild themselves and their communities. That ministry was Soteria CDC.
Pastor Jerry opened the doors of Soteria World Outreach Ministries (SWOM), a prison ministry, transitional housing provider, and mentorship program for men and women released from South Carolina prisons.
SWOM and Redemption Community Development Corporation merged to form Soteria CDC.
Soteria CDC received the South Carolina Association of Community Development Corporations Award for outstanding leadership and service to low-income neighborhoods and communities in Greenville County.
Pastor Jerry received the Max Heller Neighborhood Improvement Award for exemplary efforts towards neighborhood improvement and empowerment.
Soteria CDC received the Service Award from the Institute for Prison Ministries at the Billy Graham Center.
“Community development corporations are non-profits that help low-moderate income individuals become owners—homeowners and business owners—to give them a better way of life. We don’t go into communities and try to change communities; our goal is to go into communities and empower the people to become owners and leaders in their communities.”
– Jerry Blassingame, Unlocked
Soteria CDC will be a model for successful faith-based initiatives, by aligning government, churches, non-profit organizations, and industry and community leaders in order to empower long-term positive change.
The primary purpose of the organization is to empower low-income individuals in the Greenville communities and neighborhoods to be self-sufficient and sustaining through the following services:
- Financial budgeting and credit repair workshops
- Education and counseling for first-time home buyers and the opportunity for home ownership through affordable housing
- Counseling and assistance with affordable rental housing for low-to-moderate income families
- Assistance with employment opportunities and startup and growth for entrepreneurship
- Educational classes in community and economic development
- Transitional housing and support for men and women whose lives have been impacted by crime
Additionally, our organization seeks to assist individuals in reaching their full potential through planning skills, goal setting, positive decision-making and an overall responsible lifestyle through its vital services to the community.
Committed to Transparency
Recognizing the indispensable role of our supporters and partners in our work, Soteria CDC is committed to running our organization with the same principles of financial responsibility and accountability as those we instill in others. We recognize that transparency in our finances is an important part of that accountability; in that spirit, we are pleased to provide the financial reports and documentation for your review upon request.