Returning Home Backpack Drive

I was naked and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison and you visited me.

Matthew 25:36

Every year around Christmas, we join together with people and organizations from all around the community to pack backpacks as gifts for men who have recently been released from prison.  It's our way of demonstrating how much we care, with the idea that a little goes a long way, especially given the opportunity that our backpacks provide for us to connect with guys who we may be able to help further through the Life Restoration Program. With the help of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office, Elevation Church, and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, we have blessed 268 formerly incarcerated citizens throughout their transition by distributing backpacks stocked with critical clothing and hygiene necessities upon their release.  
  Last year, we were able to give backpacks to Piedmont Correctional Institution, Center for Community Transitions, Exodus Homes in Hickory, NC, and Walker State Prison in Rock Spring, Georgia. We want to keep increasing the number of backpacks we can supply and reach out to more men across the state and beyond. We are presently seeking donations of backpacks and essential hygiene products, as well as financial contributions. Those in the greater Charlotte area can also volunteer to help us pack the backpacks. On December 2nd, we'll spend the morning packing backpacks, fellowshipping, and eating lunch at Elevation University City. Check out the resources below for more information on how you can get involved.

Ways to Donate

Backpacks and Items

If you want to give basic supplies like a backpack, interview outfit, underwear, and toiletries, we've provided a list of links to items that can be purchased as well as shipping information. Simply click on the button below.

Financial Contributions

For just $50.00, you can provide a backpack full of resources and help a formerly incarcerated citizen reenter the free world with dignity. Simply click the button below to go to our Giving page and choose Returning Home Backpack Drive as the fund to which you'd like to make a donation.


Change a Story. Change a Destiny

We need volunteers to assist with the preparation of Returning Home Backpacks. Join us from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, December 2nd at Elevation University City, 8105 IBM Dr, Charlotte, NC 28262.
Lunch will be served immediately following, so be sure to RSVP by clicking the link below.
We are looking forward to a terrific day of fun and fellowship while serving our  returning citizens.