Safer Communities Ministry (formerly named Covenant Prison Ministry) was founded in 1986 by Rev. Alfred Lewis Jr. Shortly after establishment, the ministry began conducting weekend New Life Crusade Events in prisons and youth detention centers in North and South Carolina. In 1997, the Life Skills Program was established in the Union County Jail for male inmates. This seven week program assists inmates in transitioning back into the community upon release from jail.
In 2006, the ministry initiated the Second Chance RE–Entry Network (SCREEN) program. SCREEN became a formal network of partners representing churches, government agencies, non-profits, and individuals wanting to better assist ex-offenders with their transition back into the community. SCREEN remains an active informal relational network today. It was in 2008 that Covenant Prison Ministry officially became Safer Communities Ministry (SCM).
Over the years, SCM witnessed how influential the Life Skills program was for inmates within the Union County Jail. Therefore in 2010, the program was extended to incorporate female inmates. SCM has had great success in reaching inmates, ex-offenders, addicts, and their families. In 2015, Safer Communities began developing an outreach program to reach children who have a parent incarcerated and/or addicted to drugs.