Fishermen Ministries & Outreach was founded in 2003 with three primary purposes, namely, to make Jesus Christ known, to promote a biblical view of work, and to facilitate awareness of meaningful employment opportunities for individuals living in economically impacted areas. As an area of special interest, FM&O has worked with local, state, and federal agencies to assist ex-inmates in their return to their respective communities.
We believe that in order to fulfill our purposes, our services should be offered to all who need them, regardless of whether or not the individual served subscribes to our beliefs, since, as James wrote in his letter, "Show me your faith without works and I will show you faith bymy works."
As an active community ministry, Fishermen Minstries or it leadership is or has been affilated with the following organizations or programs:
Organizations Kingdom Care Reentry Network (KCRN) Rock Ministries of Philadelphia Chistian Community Development Association (CCDA) PA Partners in Social Ministries National Engaged Citizens Commission (NECC) Connecting Businessmen to Christ (CBMC) Urban Coalition (Philadelphia Leadership Foundation) Black Clergy of Philadelphia & Vicinity Philadelphia FIGHT Philadelphia Alive Center for Transformation (PACT) Bill Glass Ministries/Champions for Life
Programs Frankford Reentry Program (Philadelphia Prison System) Fugitive Safe Surrender (US Marshall Service & True Gospel Tabernacle Church) Philadelphia Forensic Taskforce Employment Cooperative (Philadelphia Mayor's Office for Reentry of Ex-Offenders) Workforce Development Program (US Department of Labor & Black Clergy of Philadelphia & Vicinity)
Since 2003, Fishermen Ministries has placed hundreds of people in new or better jobs. On average the people we have served received well above the minimum wage and have stayed in these positions at least six months, with many exceeding a year.
For those ex-inmates who have completed our job readiness programs and we have placed, the rate of recividism is significantly less than local and national averages. We are currently developing programs in partnership with two successful faith based recovery programs, with the goal of launching before year's end. Previously, we have worked with other faith based organizations to provide job placement assistance and counseling, assisted in program participant-owned business creation, and have operated state sponsored employment centers.
As a leader in reentry, Fishermen Ministries is always seeking to find ways to better serve the community and fulfill the Great Commission.