Prison Ministry helps area inmates

By: Maddie Garrett Email
By: Maddie Garrett Email

Sherman, TX - A Sherman program founded 12 years ago to help inmates in area prisons is busier than ever before. The 2nd Chance Prison and Jail Ministry just added two more Texas prisons to the growing list of facilities they visit.

The group visits area prisons to bring Christian fellowship and music and hope to inmates. 2nd Chance Ministry helps people like Allan Newton who have spent time in a state prison facility.

"In my mid 30's I got involved with meth and for 17 years I did meth on a daily basis... and I had marriages end, I ended up losing a house I inherited from my dad, everything I had I lost because of meth,” said Allan Newton of Sherman.

Newton fell on some hard times in his life, which landed him almost two years in a state prison in Dallas.

"I met Robert and Faye when I was locked up in Hutchins in Dallas in prison, and you know, when they came in and put that little sign up that said Sherman, Texas 2nd Chance Ministry, I just knew that's where God wanted me," said Newton.

It was that handful of local volunteers from 2nd Chance Prison and Jail Ministry that gave Newton a new start and mission in life.

"A little over a year ago I became involved with 2nd Chance Ministry and it's been one of the best things that's happened in my life," said Newton.

"Just to hear the area that they're from mentioned just lifts their spirits, that someone cares and that gives them a lot of hope," explained Faye Fugett, a founder of 2nd Chance Prison and Jail Ministry.

Faye Fugett and her husband Robert started 2nd Chance Ministry 12 years ago, visiting and witnessing to inmates in the Grayson County Jail.

"When you go back in and tell them ‘hey I was on drugs, doing a lot of crime, sleeping in old abandoned buildings’ you know it really helps them because a lot them they were doing the same things. It's a tremendous feeling for them to come up and say that really helped me, I was dealing with something like that,” said Robert Fugett.

Since 1998 the Ministry has grown, but it still remains one of the only groups in Texoma that reaches out to inmates in and out of prison.

"Here in Sherman there aren't a whole lot of places that an inmate can come back to that needs help and we have some goals of maybe being a resource center one day to help them,” said Faye Fuggett.

That makes 2nd Chances a vital part of Texoma.

"So if they can parole out and there is something here to help them make that transition that helps the community," said Faye Fugett.


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  • by DAVID E. PATTERSON Location: Dallas, Texas 75243 on Mar 24, 2011 at 02:47 PM
    Robert/Faye, I am really proud of you all for keeping 2nd Chance Ministry alive and well. I can see that God has really blessed you all. I found you all on the web. and I was over joyed to see how God has been to you all. I pray that you all keep up the good work and remember me in your prayers. I am doing well. I am striving to get back to doing what I know the Lord has called me to do. My phone number is (214)994-5969. Please keep up the good work. Much love,your brother in Christ Jesusk David E. Patterson.
  • by Mouse Ministery Location: Sherman on Oct 23, 2009 at 09:35 PM
    Praise God & Thank you Jesus for dying for us on that Cross for all Sins not just this & that one. My Husband & I do a Prison Ministry as well. My heart lifted so high to know that we are not alone in reaching out to those lost in the Prisons. Can someone help us get in touch with Second Chance Ministry. We would love to be a part of this calling. Others reading this might see all the negative in the things Inmates but there are some that are true in there hearts & that want to stay with the Lord when they get out but 90% of them do not have the support they need to stay out of Prison or away from the bad things they did landed them there. If we as a community would offer the loving hand & support more then just maybe their lives would be better. Open your heart, love & support to those they need God's love & just may be one will be saved. One is better than none. Most of them come from homes that are abusive & full of drugs & alcohol. Also most can't read or write. So show lov
  • by sherri Location: denison on Oct 23, 2009 at 09:54 AM
    Anyone can say what they want..that is there right, true, there are people who play the Jesus card to get them out of cert situations. I have the privilege of being around some awesome people who have been to prison and have become christians and are not ashamed to speak out about it. That is their freedom to speak out about it. The sad thing is, that we can be christians, try to spread His word and we get perscuted because we are "stereotyped." That is the same as judging and if you don't know someone's heart, then you don't really know them. I wish everyone could open their heart to Jesus and experience his awesome love and compassion and forgiveness. Be negative all you want...you cannot stop LOVE.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 23, 2009 at 07:40 AM
    Anyone interest in joining this organization can fill out a Texas Dept.of Corrections, Religous volunteer application and complete their volunteer training program, then contact us at PO Box 1042, Sherman, TX 75091. Ex-felons must have 2 years out and no pending charges.
  • by Anonomous Location: Oklahoma on Oct 23, 2009 at 05:41 AM
    to Anonomous in North Texas......how does one "inadvertently" become addicted to drugs......these people know exactly what they're doing when they're doing it.....addiction to drugs doesn't accidently happen......
  • by Anonymous on Oct 23, 2009 at 05:30 AM
    I used to monitor prisoners who "went to church" while they were incarcerated. One of the issues I had with the prison ministry was their close contact with prisoners. The ministers that I saw were the "standard", forgiving, patient, there to deliver a message; however, they didn't even know what to be cautious of because they were ministers, not guards. The close contact between ministers and prisoners that I saw was not appropriate and compromised the ministers' safety and they didn't even know it. Also, they had a hard time keeping order in the "church" group and would allow some prisoners to be disruptive throughout the whole service. These prisoners would go right back to their unit after church and go right back to writing nasty letters to people, fighting other prisoners, and using vulgar and profane language. I have also caught prisoners getting ministers to make phone calls for them or to get information on the "outside" to bring to them in the church service. Bad, bad news.
  • by Just a thought on Oct 23, 2009 at 05:13 AM
    realist: Everyone has the chance to hear the word. Paying attention is another thing. Don't have a whole lot to do in prison. Plenty of time to dwell on what it says. Correct, no one needs religion to be a good person. All do need a direction to take with some tools to work with. Don't listen to the politicians, preachers, or right wingers. Pay attention and listen to the "word". Make your own choices! The "word" identifies consequences associated with certain acts called "sin". Most in prison have done something that has been determined unlawful, that relates somehow to a "sinful disposition". Lie, cheat, and steal comes to mind. The "word" ain't a bad place to go for direction. Other people are questionable. Knowing the "word" can keep other people from conning you. But only if you pay attention! Associating with people who seek to live in accordance with the "word" are out there. You need to know the "word" to find them.
  • by abfgs on Oct 22, 2009 at 09:42 PM
    I am all for the death sentence and then later on, probably sooner than later God will judge us all~!!
  • by Bill Location: Southmayd on Oct 22, 2009 at 05:35 PM
    Realist and fozzy what a pair of idiots, neither of you are realist, your idiots,just because your parents wore coon skin hats and you live in a double wide dont blame God.God gave the earth to man to have a choice and God said that i can call a spade a spade and you two(as minute as you are) are still human. and you know what, there are no athiest in a fox hole, when the lead is flying, and i know neither of you have ever been there.So spit your vinem i will be laughing at you on judgement day while you are crying like babies,but you both will see the light,right at the last minute......roflol.Why do you think Ardmore has so many druggies? cause you two Dufus idiots are there..lolololol
  • by gloria Location: sherman on Oct 22, 2009 at 05:19 PM
    PRAISE THE LORD, FOR ALL WHO WOULD HEAR, PRISON BUSINESS HAS BECOME A BOOMING,PROFITABLE BUSINESS, AND THE SYSTEM CONTINUALLY TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT. EDUCATION , REHABILITATION, THAT IS THE KEY, WHERE ARE THE SAY NO TO DRUGS IN OUR SCHOOLS , THEY ARE NOT BECAUSE THAT IS WHERE MOST KIDS START OUT TAKING THEM, UNDER PEER PRESSURE, MONKEY SEE, MONKEY DO, IT IS ALL ABOUT CHOICES. 2ND CHANCE KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK , TO GO INSIDE A PRISON AND THE DOORS LOCKED BEHIND YOU HAS TO BE A CALLING FROM GOD NOT AS A CRIMINAL BUT AS A CHILD OF GOD.
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