The Universal Beyond Bars Group (UBB) is one of the many outreach groups within The Universal Church (TUC)
It aims to help correctional facilities and their staff in promoting positive change in offender behavior, reintegrating offenders into society and reducing recidivism rates.
Hardly a week goes by without a report or newspaper article on the causes and effects of crime. UBB’s mission is to address the underlying factors that lead people into crime in the first place.
UBB consists of volunteers who support offenders, their families and correctional staff throughout the USA both physically and spiritually.
We are firm believers in the power of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ to completely transform and save lives. We are passionate about working with those who society usually despises. Prison/jail inmates are often seen as society’s failures; people who can be set aside and forgotten or who are feared, condemned and despised for the wrong that they did.
The harder and more challenging the case, the greater our faith and determination to see a breakthrough. It’s a real pleasure when we see people turn their backs on a criminal lifestyle to build something positive for the future.
UBB Coordinator in Texas: Pastor Fernando Carrera
How We Work
- We help inmates solve their problems through down-to-earth advice & the power of faith and prayer.
- Each service or program we hold is geared to helping inmates know God and develop a faith that moves mountains.
- They are encouraged to come sincerely to God to open up their heart and develop a relationship with Him.
- They are also taught how to fight back against the negativity that they feel is blocking them in any way.
Find below some pictures of the work done in the USA and around the globe.
Assisting Inmate’s Families
Prisoners’ families are a neglected part of society, whose needs are largely overlooked. They haven’t committed any crime themselves, but it can seem as if they are being punished as much or more than the relative who is doing time.
Life can be particularly difficult for families with young children and where family members are affected by disabilities, or include very elderly parents. Many partners and close relatives really struggle to prevent families from falling apart altogether.
UBB’s aim is to help inmates’ families cope with both immediate and longer term issues through advice and support.
- We set prayer stations at the entrance of jails and prisons during visitation hours.
- We offer prayers, literature and snacks to the distressed visitors.
- We follow them up and encourage them to develop their faith to tackle their struggles.
- We offer support programs at the various locations we have throughout Texas and USA.
We are aware that correctional staff and officers deal with high levels of stress and face many challenges as they perform their duties. It is our goal to help them better handle stress and to find the emotional balance needed to perform well at work.
Find below pictures of events, meetings and appreciation meals offered to the staff.
Our Pastors & Volunteers
The meetings and programs offered by UBB are conducted by a fully trained Pastor or Bishop. All of them have embraced the ministry on a full time basis.
UBB volunteers are men and women who have been chosen from among the congregation of The Universal Church (TUC) to assist the pastors as they carry out their duties.
Most of our pastors and volunteers have been through personal problems in the past before they started attending TUC and joined UBB.
They are men and women who through the teaching and prayers they received and the power of their faith, overcame their struggles. They have all had a personal encounter with God and have undergone a self transformation. They are therefore willing and capable of assisting offenders.
Several inmates who have been supported by UBB have been released or had their sentences reduced due to positive changes in their behavior and attitude while in prison and have successfully reentered society.
Others have become offender volunteers who assist with ministering on their unit of assignment as they serve their time in prison.
Several inmates who have been supported by UBB have been released or had their sentences reduced due to positive changes in their behavior and attitude while in prison and have successfully reentered society. Others have become offender volunteers who assist with ministering on their unit of assignment as they serve their time in prison.
Watch the following videos about the work done by UBB, a prison outreach group of The Universal Church
Clips of a service held at a penitentiary in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
We interview Simone Harris —project and events manager with the Cook County’s Sheriff’s Office— about the work done by The Universal Church.
A short informational video
on the work done by UBB to
assist the relatives of
UBB Coordinator in Texas: Pastor Fernando Carrera