Prison Fellowship By Phone
Prison Fellowship Canada’s newest program “PF by Phone” gives prisoners the opportunity to connect to a trained PFC volunteer for a one-to-one session over the phone. This conversation focuses on providing spiritual friendship, prayer and encouragement to prisoners on their spiritual journey.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. (Hebrews 10:24)
Prisoners often experience feelings of anxiety, isolation and hopelessness. They are separated from their normal relationships and in a social context that is unusual. They are often working their way through deep issues of fear, shame and confusion Many prisoners have no close, meaningful or helpful relationships and no one to call.
Having someone to speak with can help them process their experiences and reflect on where they are at in their journey of restoration.
If you would like to participate in this program and have a couple of hours to spare per week, please apply to volunteer with PFC. Our onboarding program includes general training on boundaries, confidentiality, active listening and the prison context; as well as mental health awareness and trauma-informed care.
Here is what we are hearing about this program:
“My heart longs to help these men along their pilgrimage.” (PF By Phone Volunteer)
“CoVid-19 (C19) has forced institutional leadership to rethink how we do things and we have become much quicker to implement helpful ideas. One of these ideas was “Prison Fellowship by Phone” which can be accessed by any of our residents, whenever they are in need of spiritual support. These lines are staffed by well-trained PFC volunteers in the safety of their homes, some of whom are at high-risk for Covid-19 themselves. Consequently this program has the capacity to open up a whole new source of volunteers who want to live out their faith despite physical challenges.” (Prison Chaplain)