Since 1996, Back to Basics Outreach Ministries Inc. has been a Prisoner Re-entry and Restorative Justice program that effectively instills the core values of prevention, intervention and redemption for many of Buffalo's most vulnerable residents. Over 20 years ago, while incarcerated, James E. Giles had an epiphany that was a pivotal point in his life. He shared his vision with others and his determination resulted in a small community-based program. The newly formed program helped ex-convicts just out of prison with their transition to become responsible, productive members of the community. Pastor Giles vision has far exceeded those early goals. This once modest Buffalo program has grown to be one of the leading agencies in the field of violence reduction, re-entry, transitional housing and youth development. Community leaders have witnessed the reduction of violence due to increased resources to serve and protect the poorest and most vulnerable members of our community.
Today, Back to Basics has evolved into a centralized hub that services a growing number of at-risk individuals (and their family members) in a variety of evidence-based programs. Rooted in best practices and demonstrated effectiveness, Back to Basics houses many programs and services. For more than twenty years, it has:
Current programs include:
During a time of budget cuts and limited resources, it relies heavily on a faithful and dedicated group of volunteers and donors. Sustaining current quality programs and reaching out to help with increasing needs requires every expanding support. Back to Basics needs your help!