Harrison County Jail Re-entry Literacy ministry

 Harrison County Jail is launching a re-entry program for a select group of inmates to enable them to re-establish themselves in their homes and communities. Each individual will have a unique set of requirements to guide them to effectively overcome barriers to successful living. Some of these people need to improve their basic reading skills. HOPE Adult Learning is going to help fill this requirement.

In order to fill this need, volunteers are needed to tutor inmates in basic literacy skills through learning to write a basic resume, answer job application questions and personal reading goals of the student.

Tutors will work one-on-one with a student 2 or more afternoons a week beginning at the Harrison County Jail and continuing with the student in the community once they are released for a total of a year.

Tutors will receive training by HOPE Adult Learning and an orientation to working in the jail by Tony Graham, Good News & Prison Ministry Chaplin.

The initial tutor training includes a combination of our Quick Start on-line study and 3 hours of classroom training taking approximately 15 hours total followed by 15 hours of classroom training in the fall. There is a one-time training fee of $35 which covers all training as long as the volunteer is with HOPE.

Total time commitment beyond training is approximately 8 hours/week. This includes preparation, tutoring and travel time.

If you’re interested, call Donna Daulton at (228) 806-4673 for more information.