Frequently Asked Questions


How do I apply?

Ask your chaplain, institutional parole officer, case worker, or counselor to print an application from our website


Mail a request to Mission Gate Prison Ministry, PO Box 6644, Chesterfield, MO 63006 

For more details, see

When will I know if I'm in?

You'll probably hear if you're accepted or not within two-to-four weeks. If you need to know sooner, ask the institutional staff or your attorney to contact us on your behalf by phone, email, or letter.

636-391-8560 or (636) 391-8832

Mission Gate Prison Ministry, PO Box 6644, Chesterfield, MO 63006

What if I need help to apply?

Ask for help from the staff where you're presently housed, contact us, or have your attorney contact us.  


(636) 391-8560 or (636) 391-8832

Mission Gate Prison Ministry, PO Box 6644, Chesterfield, MO 63006

Housing, Food, Rules

Where will I live?


Check our Facilities page for details about housing for men and for women.

Do I bring food and clothing?


Bring any clothing, food, and hygiene   items you have when you come to Mission Gate. We’ll provide additional supplies and help you obtain food stamps if eligible, shop at food pantries, or purchase food as needed. After you get a job, you’ll buy your own supplies.   

How are meals handled?


All residents prepare their own meals, using supplies they store in cupboards or refrigerators. You’ll cook meals and also clean up in one of our kitchens, which are always open. Residents often chat when they happen to be eating at the same time, and they also get together for group dinners or barbeques. 

Are there laundry facilities?

Each residence has laundry facilities that you can use for free. All you have to do is bring your own detergent and other laundry supplies.

Is wifi provided?

Hannah’s Ranch: no wifi

Angels Landing: no wifi

St. Louis City Guest Houses: free wifi

Fort Good Shepherd Ranch: limited wifi

What are the rules?

  • Join and attend a local evangelical church
  • Be in by 9 p.m. or 10 p.m., depending on your facility
  • Attend all required classes and counseling
  • Work full time 
  • Pay weekly fee for transportation and programs
  • Purchase your own food
  • No personal vehicles initially
  • No alcohol, drugs, pornography, weapons, or unapproved guests

Jobs and Finances

Which ID cards do I need?


Birth certificate: While you’re still in prison or a rehabilitation facility, start working through your case worker or other relevant staff member to obtain your birth certificate.

ID card: You’ll also need an Identification card. If you don’t have one, we’ll help you obtain an ID card after you arrive.

You must have these items before you can apply for a job. 

How will I find a job?


Employment is required, and 95% of our residents have a job by the end of the first week. We’ll help i your job search and transportation arrangements. 

Most job opportunities are in local industrial businesses, where Mission Gate has a good reputation because of residents who have gone before you. 

What if I can’t drive?

We will provide you with bus passes or a ride to medical appointments, court dates, and required meetings. After you’re employed, you’ll pay for your own transportation costs.

Do I keep my paycheck and manage my own finances?

You’ll receive your paycheck from your employer, then meet with a mentor or counselor to create a budget. You are responsible for paying your own bills, making purchases, and building up savings according to your budget. If you receive food stamps, it’s up to you to manage those as well. 


How will I meet with my parole or probation officer?

if you live in St. Louis City Guest Homes or on Promises of Hope Ranch, we provide a bus pass or other type of transportation until you have a job and can pay your own way. If you live on Hannah’s Ranch or Fort Good Shepherd Ranch, your parole or probation officer will come to your location for meetings.

Can my family visit?


You can make an appointment with the director of your facility to host your family on-campus for special visits. We also have family days, with barbeques, games, great music, and residents’ testimonies.

Where will I attend church?

Mission Gate has built strong relationships with local churches. You’ll attend one of these churches that speaks to you personally, where you’ll make new friends and find service opportunities. 

"Fort Good Shepherd was a lifesaver for my three boys. I was never in the system but seeing my boys through this program, I learned about God. You see, Mission Gate doesn't just help people that are incarcerated."  -Frances Rooney

Can I participate in activities?

Yes! Every Mission Gate facility in a rural location has on-campus opportunities for getting together or volunteering for projects. You’ll enjoy celebrations, barbeques, and Bible studies. Perhaps you’ll volunteer to care for our horses and dogs or work on building projects, landscaping, etc. You may want to become a mentor or help with our annual Christmas Angel Mission event. In the City Guest Homes, residents often get together to talk, study, or make meals. Our residents also mentor each other

Off-campus activities often focus on nearby communities. You can volunteer at food pantries, help your local church with service projects, and attend special events. Men at the City Guest Homes have monthly “guys’ night out,” plan trips to local attractions, and visit Fort Good Shepherd for horseback riding. All residents can participate in various retreats that are offered during your stay.


“If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” —John 31:32