Rochester Network for Re-Entry began over ten years ago as an outreach to men and women coming out of jail and prison. It was our desire to help them in their quest to be restored to God, their families and their community. That desire has not changed, but it has grown to include a larger group of people that have been impacted by crime.
Rochester Network for Re-Entry was founded on jail ministry in the Olmsted County Jail, and eventually included residential homes for intensive discipleship and aftercare, as well as Network for Life, a weekly support group for those coming out of prison and their families.
Today, Rochester Network for Re-Entry also includes:
Bible study and support groups throughout the week at the residential homes;
The Locker Room for Life (previously referred to as Hunters Ridge), a learning center for elementary age children that includes weekly after school programs, recreational activities, field trips and summer camp;
Network Youth Outreach, a ministry to young people ages 12-18 that are at risk of being our next generation of inmates. It includes small groups, service projects, social times and summer camps;
Network Outdoor Services, a company (LLC) of Rochester Network for Re-Entry that provides work and income for Network participants while they are searching for full-time permanent employment.
God has been faithful in providing direction for the growth of this ministry. Based on that growth, the board of directors has taken the last year to explore the idea of changing our name to reflect the broader outreach we have today. In October 2009, the board approved the name Next Chapter Ministries. We believe that this name reflects our desire to help men, women, youth and children turn the page from a bad beginning to begin a new life story with the ending God intended for them.
The name change only reflects the wider outreach of The Network. Our staff, administrative operations, phone number and address will remain the same. Our faith statement remains the same. Our mission statement and core values remain the same, along with our commitment to continue to grow to meet the many needs of all in our community who have been impacted by crime.
The legal name change became effective on January 1, 2010. From this point on, please address all correspondence to Next Chapter Ministries. Checks should also be addressed to Next Chapter Ministries, and the name on automatic and electronic transfer accounts should be changed. Our new web site address after the first of the year will be www.nextchapterrochester.org.
We are a network of people that are linked together not only because of our past, but because we are joined together with a common goal for the future. Thank you to each of you for the support you have given Rochester Network for Re-Entry over the past ten years. There are so many that give so much to form the network that makes it possible to see transformation in people’s lives each day. We know from God’s faithfulness that we can expect good things to happen in the next chapter of the ministry. We are thankful you are a part of it.