Kairos Outside is a special weekend retreat designed to support the female loved ones of men and women who are or have been incarcerated. Families of the incarcerated "do time" right along with their loved ones. In a safe environment with loving people, women interact with other women who are in similar situations and learn to form small support groups to give them strength for the challenges they face.
WHAT IS KAIROS OUTSIDE?
Kairos Outside is designed to support the families of men, women, and youth who are, or have been incarcerated in the country’s state and federal correctional facilities. KO can help bolster the loved ones who are supporting those incarcerated persons. We believe that the families of the incarcerated are “doing time” right along with their loved ones. Kairos Outside is intended to let those families know that there is a community that cares about them and their needs. We provide a safe place for women to share with each other, and with those who are empathetic to their situation, their struggles and concerns. The women on the outside, in many ways, have to be stronger than their relative(s) on the inside to survive in today’s world. We hope Kairos Outside will help them find strength for their life journey and give them a chance to find and build relationships that may last a lifetime.
THE HISTORY OF KAIROS OUTSIDE
Kairos Outside began in California in 1989 as an idea from the Chaplain at San Quentin State Correctional Facility. After the first Kairos Prison Ministry Weekend, he felt, along with others involved in this ministry, that those who became involved in the Kairos program were now open to family unity, more so than ever before. Jo Chapman, a Kairos volunteer from California, took the Chaplain’s idea and developed KO. James Rowland, then Director for the Department of Corrections for California, has often said, “Three things will help keep an inmate from coming back to prison: The first is some type of spiritual awakening while in prison; the second is support by their family during and after incarceration; and the third is a skill to find a job on the outside after release.”
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Are you interested in attending a Kairos Outside weekend or do you know someone who would benefit from this ministry? If so, print out the Guest Reservation Form and mail it to one of the addresses listed at the bottom. It is best to send it to the location closest to where the potential guest lives. Guests are women who are 20 years or older and who have in some way been impacted by incarceration – they may have a relative/friend in prison or may have been incarcerated them selves. Guests who have been incarcerated must have been released from prison for at least a year prior to the date of the KO weekend they wish to attend. Weekends are held twice a year and vary by location (see calendar) for specific dates. The reservation form should be submitted at least a month prior to a weekend. There may be a waiting list, so it is important to get your form in early. There is no cost to attend a Kairos Outside weekend. Lodging and meals will be furnished. (See "Guest Reservation Form" link below)
WHAT HAPPENS AT A KAIROS OUTSIDE WEEKEND
The Kairos Outside weekend begins on Friday evening about 6:00pm and continues until Sunday afternoon at about 4:00pm. The weekend is a series of talks by women sharing their testimonies. Most of these women are dealing with very real issues of isolation, rejection, financial hardships, and loneliness. Therefore, the Kairos Outside talks are relevant to the thoughts, concerns, and feelings of an incarcerated person’s loved one. Each guest has the opportunity to review the talk in small groups; however, sharing in the small group is voluntary. The weekend is interspersed with music, prayer, fun activities, and general pampering. The weekend is Christian in nature, although no religious affiliation is necessary to attend. Those who attend are expected to stay for the entire program.
State Chair: Debbie Van Pelt
State Vice-Chair: Char Rantz
State Sec: Michelle Edwards
SCHEDULE FOR 2017
Unit Contact Individual & Email
Chair: Sandra Wise
KO Amarillo Email
Sept 15 KO Amarillo #31
Weekend Leader: Marge Bell
Chair: Melissa Wachholtz
KO Lubbock Email
Sept 29 KO Lubbock #14
Weekend Leader: Donna Merrick
Chair: Julie Cole
KO Midland Email
Sept 29 KO Midland #34
Weekend Leader: Brenda Kelly
KO NORTH TEXAS
Chair: Shirley Dunn
KO North Texas Email
Nov 10 KO North Texas #41
Weekend Leader: Kacey Claiborne
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It's quick, easy, and so very much appreciated!
All online donations go through our Kairos state website and you can designate either "Kairos Outside" or select an individual
Kairos Outside community for your donation.
(Please be sure to add the "KO" before the community name).
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