Ministry celebrates second anniversary, graduation

Exodus 3 Ministries, of Syracuse, will celebrate two years of serving the community with its second annual Exodus House graduation Oct. 4.

Exodus House, located at 305 N. Geddes St., in Syracuse, is a seven-bed Christian women’s residence operating under Exodus 3 Ministries (E3M).

According to E3M founder and Exodus House director, Debra Person, through its residency program, women are assisted with the skills and resources necessary to build a bridge out of poverty to healing and taught how to develop healthy, sustainable relationships with their families, service providers, faith communities, and the community at large.

“Last October, we saw our first resident, Liz Garcia, graduate and go on to be a strong independent woman, working in the community,” Person said. “This year, we are honored to have four residency program graduates who are each doing great things in their own right.”

The ceremony will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Great Grace Church of God in Christ, 301 N. Geddes St.

There will be testimonies from the graduates, music featuring the Great Grace Praise team and a special volunteer presentation.

It will be immediately followed by a reception catered by Chef Curtis Washington of That’s What’s Up.

There is no cost to attend, but donations (such as new bedding, including full/twin sized sheets, comforters, pillows/pillow protectors, mattress covers, along with towels, washcloths, personal care items and cleaning products) will be gratefully accepted.

“We invite the public to come and hear the amazing testimonies of our graduates and see what God is doing through Exodus 3 Ministries,” said Person.

To learn more about Exodus 3 Ministries, call 315-299-7153 or visit

Person’s story was recently featured in the 2014 June/July issue of Guideposts’ magazine, “His Mysterious Ways.” Person, along with the work she is doing at Exodus House, has been featured in Syracuse Woman magazine, Camillus Life, The Good News, Today’s CNY Woman, Syracuse University Magazine and in the newly released book, “A Light in the Window: The City Mission of Schenectady.” She was recently recognized with the 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Unsung Hero Awards.

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