The past of most individuals in The New Charis Mission (hereafter known as “TNCM”) predispose them to a potential lifetime of shame, fear and regret. Uniformly dressed and identified by only a number, they were once marched into prosecution and incarceration with hands bounded by cuffs. Nonetheless, this institutionalisation, walled up by layers of tight security measures, is but only a physical prison.
At TNCM, we refuse to live out the shame, fear and regret as a recreated mental prison. The shame, fear and regret would propel us to return to Prisons, albeit not as inmates but as contributing empathic individuals.
Our founder/Executive Director and staff have been serving as volunteers in the Prison for more than 2 decades. We seek to bring tangible hope and encouragement to those still in prison. Our transformed lives enhearten and our programmes enable them to lead lives liberated from gangs for survival beyond bars.
a) Vendor Programme(s)
Back On Track (BOT)
A programme for younger offenders, male and female, from the Reformative Training Centre. The participating inmates are specifically Recallees; previously released on supervision but have relapsed.
Number of sessions : 6
Focus : Relapse prevention, preparation for subsequent release
Curriculum : Life stories, personality profiling, life skills and experiential learning
Anti-Gang Booster (AGB)
To impart life skills and tools to inmates who have renounced their gangs in order that they may be able to lead different lives post-release. Also imparting self-awareness, values and virtues of good citizenship.
TNCM counsellors mentor and befriend these inmates, acting as pillars of emotional support post-renunciation of their gangs
b) Non-Vendor Programme(s)
Christian Intensive Religious Counselling Programme (CIRCP)
CIRCP by TNCM runs for nine months and sessions are delivered three times a week. Inmates are guided in their journeys toward lives anew and are imparted practical life skills informed by Christian values.
TNCM voluntarily provides Christian counselling for prison inmates on a weekly basis. A platform for TNCM counsellors to connect with the inmates whist providing them with pastoral support. TNCM Counsellors informally identify the needs of inmates and provide assistance where possible.
Topics covered : Anti-Gang Campaigns, Testimonies & life stories, DARE – Dreams, Action, Resilience & Excellence, Challenges faced during Reintegration, Power of the Mindset, Goal Setting.
TNCM also conducts interviews with prison inmates who express their interest in being admitted to TNCM upon their release. This is part of our efforts to ease the transition to aftercare for these individuals and alleviate any anxiety they may experience pre-release.