Relationships are at the heart of what we do. We promise to always treat people in and who have left prison as people, rather than problems to be fixed.
We grew out of the churches with the objective of giving unconditional support to any prisoner who wanted to change, no matter their faith or lack thereof. We are proactive in ensuring that our welcome is inclusive and unconditional. We do not try to convert the people we work with, but would share what we believe if the person we were helping wanted to know more.
Sixty-One’s name is taken from Isaiah 61, which Jesus quoted at the start of his ministry:
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoner.
Jesus stood up for those who were despised by the ‘respectable’, bringing light into the darkest of places.
Today, Sixty-One looks does this by meeting critical needs, providing options and empowering people to live meaningful lives away from crime.