Straight Pathways Ministries

by Terry Watson | January 10th, 2014
Veronica Neblett (Photo by Mykel Media Company)

Veronica Neblett (Photo by Mykel Media Company)

Veronica Neblett of Greensboro is the founder of Straight Pathways Ministries Inc. Formed in March of 2013, her goal is to help incarcerated women re-enter society and get a new start on life. Her work with prison ministries, especially with women re-entering society has given her clear insight into some of the problems they face upon leaving prison. One of their greatest challenges is finding safe stable housing. They face barriers that prevent them from reuniting with family members, moving into government subsidized housing and even signing a lease on an apartment in their own name.

For that reason one of the first projects of Straight Pathway Ministries, Inc. is to establish a transitional housing program called “Women of Hope.” In this program women will be able to move directly into this facility upon their release from prison. Women can live here for up to 18 months as they become prepared to move into independent living. Parts of these living arrangements include their participation in weekly classes and developing skills to be productive in society.

Neblett is the mother of two and has two grandchildren. She was born and raised in New York and later moved to North Carolina in 1984. She graduated from York College, CUNY and has a bachelor of science degree in Accounting. She is also a graduate of One In Christ Bible College in Greensboro, N.C. Additionally she is a Clinical Pastoral Chaplain at Alamance Regional Hospital in Burlington, N.C. and has dedicated her life to ministering to those incarcerated.

Neblett currently lives in Gibsonville N.C. and attends Mount Zion Baptist Church of Greensboro, Inc., where Bryan J. Pierce, Sr. is the Senior Pastor. She is an ordained minister and has served as the Pastor of Prison Ministry there. She has also published a book “Expressions From My Heart” in 2005. “I have ministered in prisons for over thirty years. God called me to this ministry and told me to share the good news of salvation to all who are hurting and cast down. He gave me, Isaiah 61 ―The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me. Because the Lord has anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound,” she says.

Some of the programs and services offered by SPM are Job Readiness, Budget Management, Anger Management, Drug and Alcohol Management, Household Management, Parenting Classes Biblical Classes, Healthy Lifestyles and Health Resources. Their current challenges are marketing, funding and housing. They are also in need of Board Members who will roll up their sleeves and work.

Neblett says God showed her many years ago that you can be in prison without the bars. “I have been in this place and I know how it feels to want to be free and trapped by the bars of life, hurt and disappointment. When I go into the prisons, I see the same type of pain in their eyes and talk,” she says. Throughout her life Neblett has experienced things that have helped her to understand many types of hurt and pain. She says now God has given her freedom of mind, body and soul and now she wants everyone who is hurt and lost to find the freedom that only God can give through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Help Me, Dear Lord
I am now walking down a path that’s new,
Help me, Dear Lord to be true.
You have given me another chance,
Help me, Dear Lord to advance.
It’s been a long hard way that I have come,
Help me, Dear Lord because you are the only One.
My way has not always been very clear,
Help me, Dear Lord to always allow You to be near.
As I begin the straight path to depend entirely on you,
Help me, Dear Lord to allow you to.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path,
Help me, Dear Lord to stray from wrath.
I close my prayer asking you to ever keep me in Your hand,
Help me, Dear Lord to obey what you command.
It’s in you I put all my trust,
Help me, Dear Lord because abiding in You is a must.

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