In 2014, under the visionary leadership of the Reverend Dr. R.B. Holmes, Jr., Pastor of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Tallahassee, Florida, aggressive steps were taken to develop a holistic, faith-based program to transform the lives of inmates and ex-offenders returning home from prison. Dr. Holmes felt that Bethel Baptist had a responsibility to offer HOPE for restoration to the many men and women who had served their sentences and were transitioning back into the community.
Ready4Work-Hillsborough, operated by Abe Brown Ministries, is a replication of the national Ready4Work program. Utilizing a four-pronged approach encompassing case management, supportive services, employability training and job placement assistance, Ready4Work motivates and moves individuals to become productive, responsible citizens within the community. Commitments and strategic partnerships with faith-based organizations, local businesses, community outlets and the judicial system assist to ensure individuals transition successfully back into the community.