about us

The Tennessee Prison Outreach Ministry is the first statewide ministry that offers programming for the incarcerated, returning citizens, and children of the incarcerated. We are holistic, addressing the spiritual, emotional, social, and economic needs of those impacted by incarceration.
 
In-Prison Services
With over 40,000 in prisons and jails in Tennessee, this ministry is committed to providing spiritual and educational programming for the incarcerated. Presently, we have volunteers in ten of our state prisons and in 25 county jails.
 
Worship: We offer Sunday worship services at many of our correctional facilities in Tennessee.
 
NewLife Behavior Classes:  We are teaching faith-based, life-skill classes addressing issues like parenting, anger management, and substance abuse.
 
Mentoring/Take One: Our volunteers provide mentoring for the incarcerated. We are also participating in the Take One Initiative with the TN Department of Corrections. We provide basic and advanced mentor training at TPOM.
 
Training: The ministry is willing to travel across the state to provide new and seasoned volunteers with basic and advanced prison ministry training. We also provide training at our Nashville location. 
 
Re-Entry Services
We provide re-entry services for any returning citizen within one year of release from incarceration. We will also walk with the returning citizen for one year after completion of our mandatory, four day orientation course. We are near a major bus line and provide bus passes as needed to participants.
 
Transitional House: The new men's house is now open and receiving residents. Go to this Transitional Link for pictures of the home and information. We are approved by the Tennessee Department of Corrections. Contact us by phone at 615-870-1126 or by email at office@tnprisonministry.org for an application.
 
Career, Educational and Vocational Training: Our re-entry center has job readiness, faith-based and vocational courses available for participants post-release. We have an excellent track record in helping the returning citizen prepare for meaningful employment.  
 
Job Placement: With contacts of over 300 employers, we are able to successfully place over 90% of participants in a job within ten days of completion of our four day orientation course. Our average starting salary in 2017 was $15.50 per hour. For additional information about employment opportunities, go to www.JobsForFelonsHub.com.
 
Mental Health Services: We provide assessments, individual, group, and family counseling for the returning citizen and their family.
 
Case Management: We provide support services for all participants for one year after completing our orientation class. We help with obtaining identification, driver's license, insurance, and housing. 
 
Mentoring: This 1x1 relationship allows our mentees to spend at least one hour per week with one our volunteers to help reunite with God, family, and community. Mentor training for our volunteers is provided.
 
Christian Worship Service: We are striving to build a Christian community through weekly worship each Sunday. Meal at 4:15pm, Worship at 5pm. Transportation provided.
 
Celebrate Recovery: At the re-entry center, we have a Christian-based, 12 step program each Thursday.  Meal at 5:45pm, Large Group at 6:30pm, Share Group at 7:15pm. Go to this CR Link for more information.
 
 
 Youth Services
Over 50% of the incarcerated have children under the age of 18 and the majority of the children live in poverty. Parental incarceration often results in generational incarceration. To break this cycle, we offer programs for children throughout Tennessee who are 17 or under and have a parent behind bars.
 
Summer Camp: We have an annual summer camp (Camp COPE) that begins the 3rd Sunday in June for children of the incarcerated at Whispering Pines Campground near Gallatin, TN. Activities include spiritual classes, swimming, canoeing, group games, and lots of fun. Campers between the ages of 8-17 can attend. Full scholarships are available if a parent is incarcerated. Download this application and send back or contact us at 615-870-1126 or by email at office@tnprisonministry.org for an application. Here is a video of CAMP C.O.P.E.
 
School Supplies: At the beginning of each school year, we provide backpacks and school supplies for the youth in our program.
 
Camp Cope Walk: We have an annual walk for the Camp COPE children to raise funds to support our youth programs. This year the event will be Sunday, April 15 from 2-4pm at Centennial Park in Nashville. Go to this CAMP COPE WALK LINK for more information.
 
Making Memories with Moms: We have an annual Christmas party in the local jail for mothers and their children and give away Christmas presents.
 
Christmas Shopping: We collect Christmas gifts for the children and allow parents/guardians one day to shop for the children at our Re-Entry Center.
 
Future Expansion
Women's Transitional House: The ministry owns property and has architectural plans to build a 16 bed transitional duplex for women leaving incarceration. We are in a capital campaign to raise $1,000,000 and have raised approximately $500,000 of this amount.  See our TPOM Video of the Women's House. Please help us make this home a reality.
 
Tennessee Prison Outreach Ministry (TPOM)
136 Rains Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203
Office: (615) 870–1126
Fax: (615) 865–6248
Email: office@tnprisonministry.org