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Holding Hands


Onesimus features in the New Testament book of Philemon. He was a slave who stole from his master, Philemon, and then ran away. 


Onesimus happened to run across the Apostle Paul while he was in prison in Rome under house arrest.  Paul returns Onesimus to Philemon using a play on words saying  “Formerly he was useless to you, but now he has become useful both to you and to me.” Onesimus’ name meant “useful.”  


The foundation seeks to engage with men and women during their incarceration, develop and nurture healthy family relationships and building on the opportunities in prison to better prepare prisoners to return to their families (and communities) as “useful” members of society.

"...when I was in prison, you came to see me." (Matthew 25:36)







Onesimus had it's genesis in the work of the Christian Family Centre, a local church adjacent to Risdon Prison, Hobart, Tasmania. The church, through CFC Care Services supported children and families of offenders incarcerated in Risdon Prison.  

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