About Kairos Outside

Kairos Outside: Revealing the love. Reuniting the family. (3:37)
Doreen shares how the Kairos Outside program helped heal her, taking off the layers of guilt and shame, and allowing her to reunite with her incarcerated son.


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Kairos Outside sprang from an idea of the chaplain at California's San Quentin State Correctional Facility in 1989. The concept was to bolster relatives and friends on the outside who support their loved ones inside prison. Structured as a retreat and offered at no cost to those we serve, Kairos Outside Weekends demonstrate God's grace and love through Christian support for our "Guests." Confidentiality, a cornerstone of our Christian love, is crucial to our success.

Kairos of Southeast Florida began their journey through Broward Correctional Institute (BCI) Kairos Inside. When BCI closed the Kairos Inside Advisory Council and volunteers still had a deep passion for the Kairos ministry. Through much prayer we decided to rebuild Kairos Outside in the south Florida area. Our first weekend was held in 2013. We recognized a need for a Kairos Outside for Spanish speaking women and our first Spanish weekend was in 2015. Since then, we have been conducting 2 weekends a year with one being in English and one in Spanish. We are a thriving God driven ministry that through faith and prayer we are blessed to be able to touch the lives of women who have been impacted by incarceration.

Just like our parent organization, Kairos Prison Ministry International, we are an ecumenical group comprising many different Christian churches but agreeing on our statement of faith, vision and mission. The Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church featured the Kairos Outside ministry in an article on its website on June 17, 2015.

KPMI is a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit corporation chartered in the State of Florida. The word, Kairos, is a Greek word meaning in God's Special Time or in the Fullness of Time indicating an opportunity for our participants and guests to re-consider their life choices - as hearts are changed, inmates begin to take responsibility for their actions - it's like a front row seat at a miracle - transforming lives and impacting the world.