Hand Up Ministries | Christian Prison Aftercare Giving Hope Transforming Lives

Hand Up Ministries is an Oklahoma non-profit Christian organization offering a hand up to men and women facing poverty, homelessness, hunger, and devastation after incarceration. If you, or a loved one, is coming out of prison and needs a place to live and a chance to start again complete our application below.


THE PROBLEM: Recidivism, the Issues, and the high price we pay when reentry fails…

Oklahoma has one of the highest rates of incarceration in the country and one of the lowest rates of recidivism (22%). Yet in 2021, Oklahomans paid $73.4M to incarcerate individuals for technical violations alone.(CSGJ). As of Apr 3, 2024, the average annual cost for an Inmate in Oklahoma is $45,961 a year. While Policy makers are working diligently to overcome these costly challenges the system remains badly underfunded, supervisors are burdened with enormous caseloads, and there are few reentry programs willing to take on this high needs population. Job stability and housing, lead to successful reentry and lower crime. Without supportive aftercare reintegration is often doomed to fail. Hand Up Ministries addresses both the employment and housing needs of over 300+ justice involved men, married couples with children. For over 27 years we have bridged the gap in services and worked to reduce recidivism in Oklahoma and help our clients successfully reintegrate into society. 



We seek to work with community resource partners, employers, criminal justice system agencies, the faith and business community and other stakeholders to improve outcomes for everyone.  

Hand Up Ministries has a structured system that reduces recidivism well below the National Average. When recidivism is lowered our communities are safer and everyone wins. Find out more today! 

Our Locations

Men's Aftercare Campus I - Southeast OKC
Married Couples & Families Campus 2 - Shields Ave.
Love Wewoka Campus
Love Chandler Campus

GuidestarPlatinum & OKARR Certified