An underrepresented group in society are people who have been incarcerated and who are attempting to make a fresh start in life. There are many things in the way of success and Gilbert Starleigh works hard to be an effective minister and advocate for these people. Gilbert Starleigh has been on this path long enough that he has seen those he helped grow to productive members of society across Florida. Gilbert Starleigh works full time as the General Manager at Gary Mouton Auto CTR of Tallahassee FL when he is not working to help the underrepresented in the area.
Gilbert Starleigh Knows That All Of Society Improves When You Help People Attain Skill Sets For Life and Employment.
So many times men are released from the Florida Department of Corrections with little to no new skills, and a big X on their name because they were incarcerated. This leads to repeat offenses for some because they have few options for survival otherwise. Gilbert Starleigh works as an official volunteer minister within the system and with those who get out and want to lead a productive remainder of their lives on a new path. Imagine the plight of a newly released person with no job, no home, and no skills to get either without the aid of someone who cares. It is a clear path to homelessness. Gilbert Starleigh works with various organizations to prevent this.
Gilbert Starleigh has worked for over twelve years with the Good News Outreach. If you have heard of Mercy Homes then you know the good work many people across the state do to ensure that there is a safe transition to those who need or want one after incarceration. People needs items like soap, food, clothing, and they need ministry and aid when it comes to career and life choices that will set them on a brighter future than they held before their time in the state prison system.
Gilbert Starleigh’s efforts make a direct impact on the lives of those who feel helpless and lost. Gilbert Starleigh not only aids those who need it, he also teaches other community leaders about the steps they can take to aid. He is the director of Second Chance Ministries at Fellowship Baptist Church in Tallahassee, but does not limit his work to there. Gilbert Starleigh can sell you a reliable car, sit down and chat with you about God, or get his hands dirty working to ensure you have every chance for success from a stable starting point no matter where you were a week ago, because that is what the ministry is all about.
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Gilbert Starleigh provides rare look at work as Florida Department of Corrections volunteer minister
Fellowship Baptist Church member and Second Chance Prison Ministries director Gilbert Starleigh opens up about his volunteer work within the Florida Department of Corrections.
Each year, ministerial volunteers such as Gilbert Starleigh and other fellow citizens contribute thousands of hours of their time to service in facilities overseen by the Florida Department of Corrections. The state prison system highly values the involvement of Starleigh and other volunteer ministers, it’s reported, particularly as the Florida Department of Corrections is now the third-largest such system in the U.S.
“It’s not only an opportunity to provide an important public service,” explains Gilbert Starleigh, speaking from his home in Tallahassee, Florida, “but it’s also immensely rewarding on a personal level.”
As a volunteer minister, Gilbert Starleigh helps the Florida Department of Corrections and his fellow ministers to deliver a wealth of programs and services. “As volunteer ministers, together, we’re able to bring a variety of skills,” says Starleigh, “and, with them, help to model successful leadership and citizenship abilities among those who are currently in the prison system.”
Furthermore, volunteer ministers, Gilbert Starleigh says, are also in an ideal position to help offenders on a path to becoming more productive, better educated, and, importantly, self-sufficient in life. “The hope is,” Starleigh goes on, “that these individuals will not only become law-abiding citizens, but begin a greater journey toward becoming proudly contributing members of society, too.”
Gilbert Starleigh has previously worked with Good News Outreach in Tallahassee, Florida, providing expertise in assisting in the opening and management of inmate transition homes. Good News Outreach is, Starleigh explains, dedicated to reducing hunger, homelessness, and isolation among those in need. Accordingly, Good News Outreach’s inmate transition homes supply housing, food, and social support—plus employment and educational opportunities—to the formerly incarcerated in and around Tallahassee and elsewhere across Florida.
As a registered Florida Department of Corrections volunteer minister, Gilbert Starleigh is granted access to all of the agency’s prisons. Although now retired from day-to-day involvement with Good News Outreach, as a volunteer minister, Gilbert Starleigh still directly refers many men in need of support upon leaving the Florida prison system to the organization’s transitional homes.
Many former inmates, Gilbert Starleigh points out, would, he believes, be homeless if not for the services of Good News Outreach and the care provided through its transitional homes scheme.
Elsewhere, volunteer minister and Fellowship Baptist Church member Gilbert Starleigh is the director of the church’s Second Chance Prison Ministries initiative. Involved with the church in all capacities for over a decade, Tallahassee-based Gilbert, known to his friends as Gil, and fellow congregation members at Fellowship Baptist Church, are a family of faith dedicated to loving God, loving others, and honoring Lord Jesus with their lives. An entrepreneur, Gilbert ‘Gil’ Starleigh is also one of the names behind Barnes & Starleigh Properties, and serves in a general managerial capacity on behalf of a popular local used car dealership in his home city.
Gilbert Starleigh continues to support faith-based Good News Outreach in Tallahassee, Florida
Second Chance Prison Ministries’ Gilbert Starleigh celebrates more than a decade with Tallahassee-based nonprofit organization, Good News Outreach.
Working with Good News Outreach to provide expertise in assisting in the opening and management of inmate transition homes, Gilbert Starleigh has spent more than a decade at the Tallahassee-based organization. Good News Outreach is, Starleigh says, dedicated to reducing hunger, homelessness, and isolation among those in need by providing food, shelter, and social interaction within the community.
“I’ve worked for approximately 12 years with Good News Outreach, a faith-based organization located in Tallahassee, Florida,” explains Gilbert Starleigh, speaking from his home in the north of the Leon County city, famed for its theaters, museums, parks, performing arts centers, and more.
Good News Outreach is a nonprofit organization that strives to reduce hunger, homelessness, and isolation among those in need by providing food, shelter, and social interaction through collaborative efforts within local Tallahassee communities, according to Gilbert Starleigh.
Gilbert Starleigh’s particular area of expertise within the organization, he says, has always centered around assisting in opening and managing inmate transition homes for formerly incarcerated men as they begin their journeys toward becoming contributing members of society. “We accomplished this, in part, through a partnership with the Florida Department of Corrections,” explains Starleigh. “These homes,” he goes on, “are known as the Mercy Houses.”
Good News Outreach’s Mercy House transition homes, Gilbert Starleigh reports, supply housing, food, and social support, as well as employment and educational opportunities via a wealth of community outreach resources.
Gilbert Starleigh is currently a registered Florida Department of Corrections Volunteer Minister, which allows him access to all of the agency’s prisons. Elsewhere, Starleigh is also the director of Second Chance Prison Ministries, based at Fellowship Baptist Church in Tallahassee. Here, too, the inmate transition expert has spent upwards of a decade, involved in all capacities, he says, for approximately 13 years.
Although now retired from day-to-day involvement with Good News Outreach, via his directorship of Second Chance Prison Ministries, Gilbert Starleigh still directly refers many men in need of support leaving the Florida prison system to the Mercy House scheme. “Many of these men,” Gilbert Starleigh says, “would be homeless if not for the services of Good News Outreach and the care provided at the organization’s transitional homes.”
Outside of his work with Good News Outreach and Second Chance Prison Ministries, Gilbert Starleigh—known to his friends as Gil—is the owner of Barnes & Starleigh Properties. Experienced in auto sales and repair, Gilbert ‘Gil’ Starleigh also serves in a general managerial capacity on behalf of a local used car dealership in his home city of Tallahassee, Florida, and is an approximately 15-year member of nearby Fellowship Baptist Church. Home to the Second Chance Prison Ministries initiative of which Gilbert is a director, Fellowship Baptist Church is a family of faith dedicated to loving God and loving others, where Gilbert Starleigh and fellow congregation members are committed to honoring Lord Jesus with their lives.