Prison Outreach Ministry (POM) began responding to the needs of the incarcerated in 1984. At the outset, POM provided toiletries and other necessities to inmates in the District of Columbia Jail. But after witnessing firsthand the high rate of recidivism, the generous supporters of Prison Outreach Ministry- under the leadership of Father Michael Bryant- allowed POM to broaden its outreach to embrace men and women returning to our community after incarceration. This quickly grew into the Welcome Home Reentry Program in February 2006.
Welcome Home matches trained mentors with persons as they re-enter the D.C. metropolitan community. It was apparent that the model developed in the District of Columbia was worth expanding, so within a few short years we were welcoming men and women back to their homes in Montgomery County and Prince George’s County, Maryland.
Plans to expand to the Maryland counties of Charles, Calvert, and St. Mary's remain on hold until financial times improve and we are able to extend a hand and a Welcome Home to the men and women returning to those counties.