Soteria  (so-tay-ree’-ah)

Salvation; deliverance, preservation, and safety

From the Greek in-greek

Our Story

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 other incarcerated individuals  and eventually saw himself as a prime candidate to help change the patterns. He formed an idea for a ministry that would speak to men re-entering society, teach them life skills, and help them rebuild themselves and their communities. That ministry was Soteria CDC.

  • 1999

    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.

  • 2007

    SWOM and Redemption Community Development Corporation merged to form Soteria CDC.

  • 2008

    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.

  • 2009

    Pastor Jerry received the Max Heller Neighborhood Improvement Award for exemplary efforts towards neighborhood improvement and empowerment.

  • 2013

    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

Our Vision

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.

Our Mission

Soteria CDC advocates for economic and social justice for
those and their families impacted by the criminal justice
system. We work to create opportunities for previously
incarcerated men to reenter society through transitional
housing, life skills, and job training.

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.

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