FAQ

What does Philemon mean and where does the name come from?

Philemon means affectionate, and we derived the name from the New Testament book of the Bible, where the Apostle Paul challenged his friend Philemon to forgive and receive a formerly incarcerated brother back for good.

What kinds of programs do you offer?

The Philemon Ministry offers a 4-phase residential program that is geared towards helping men make successful reentry after incarceration.

Do you offer detox or recovery programs for people dealing with addiction?

We do not offer detox or recovery services, but there are some excellent recovery programs in Baltimore that we would be glad to refer to.

Who do you accept as residents?

Though we are delighted to assist anyone with referrals, we specifically aim to serve Christian men returning home from incarceration.

Are there certain offenses that you will not accept?

Over the past 10 years, we have served men convicted of a wide array of offenses. We do not discriminate based on a candidate’s charges. We are most interested in where the individual is now and whether there is evidence of a relationship with Christ.

Do you serve women or children?

We do not currently serve women, or children under the age of 21.

What is the application process?

There is no application form. However, we do require a phone interview, which can be arranged by the inmate through the prison’s chaplain, case manager, social worker, or institutional phone. The number to call is (443) 759-1635.

What does the house look like?

Take a look at this photo gallery.

What is the length of stay at the House?

The average length of stay is 12-18 months. Though a man is welcome to leave when he desires, we find that the men who stay closer to 18 months tend to fare better once on their own.

Do you accept volunteers?

Absolutely! We have many opportunities for volunteers. For more information, see our Get Involved page and contact us.

How can people donate to the ministry?

You can donate by mail or online.