While it might be difficult for some who want to be more involved in prison ministry and visiting inmates in prisons, jails and halfway houses, there are still national organizations you can support in the upcoming New Year. Make one of your resolutions, being of service to someone behind bars.
Some people get involved by giving to these organizations that do everything from donating spiritual literature, buying personal toiletry items and going to institutions to minister.
Check with your local agencies, or consider one of these national agencies.
Bible Believers Fellowship, Inc.
PO Box 0065
Baldwin, NY 11510-0065
Bible Believers Fellowship is a non-denominational, non-profit, nationwide ministry that provides prison chaplains with free English and Spanish Christian literature and videos for distribution to inmates. It also offers free counseling and encouragement to prisoners, including juveniles, who have expressed a desire to pursue a life of faith in God.
You can help by:
Billy Graham Institute for Prison Ministries
500 College Avenue
Wheaton, Illinois 60187
IPM is a resource center that encourages and equips the professionals and volunteers who share the Gospel with prisoners. The website offers multiple links to a variety of ministries and services that help prisoners and provides various kinds of support to those who are trying to help them.
Good News Jail and Prison Ministry
PO Box 9760
Richmond, VA 23228-0760
800-220-2202 or 804-553-4090
Good News Jail and Prison Ministry is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the Gospel message to prisoners and their families, providing educational programs within the prisons to encourage ongoing formal education of inmates and aiding in the physical and spiritual rehabilitation of inmates following their release from prison. The ministry has grown from supporting a single prison chaplain in 1961 to its current levels of 425 staff chaplains serving 361 correctional facilities in 24 states and 20 nations located across five continents.
Kairos Prison Ministry
ATTN: Paul McGlone
6903 University Blvd.
Winter Park, FL 32792
The mission of Kairos Prison Mininstry International, Inc. is to introduce Christ’s love and forgiveness to all incarcerated individuals and their families, as well as to assist in the transition of becoming a productive citizen. As an inter-denominational ministry of laypersons, Kairos is driven by over 25,000 men and women volunteers who serve in more than 32 states and seven countries.
Mike Barber Ministries
PO Box 1086
DeSoto, TX 75123-1086
800-311-1253 or 972-223-3131
Mike Barber is a former NFL player who played as a tight end for the Houston Oilers and Los Angeles Rams from 1976 to 1986. Upon his retirement from football in 1986, he went into full-time prison ministry along with his wife, DeAnne. Together with dozens of volunteers, Mike and Deanne host weekend crusades for inmates at prisons across the country. You can also find out more about their youth ministry, Faze 2, at www.faze2.tv
Pathways to Hope
c/o Sr. Pauline Quinn op
2316 Carney Ave
Marinette, WI 54143
Founded by Sister Pauline Quinn, a Dominican nun, Pathways to Hope has received national and international recognition for a unique program that matches dogs with inmates who train and care for them. In some prisons, unwanted dogs are rescued from local pounds and given to prisoners, who learn grooming skills and live and work with the dogs until they are suitable for adoption. In other facilities, a parallel program accepts suitable breeds of puppies who are subsequently raised and trained by inmates to assist the disabled.
44180 Riverside Parkway
Lansdowne, VA 20176
For volunteer opportunities: 800-251-7411
Prison Fellowship was founded by Chuck Colson in 1976, following his own stint in a federal prison after his conviction in the Watergate scandal. Today, the ministry has developed a large national and international following, and partners with churches across the U.S. and around the world to share the love of Christ with prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families, including children.
Speak Up For Hope
Attn. Carol Kent
PO Box 6262
Lakeland, FL 33807-6262
Speak Up For Hope is a non-profit organization founded by Christian author and speaker Carol Kent following the conviction of her only child, Jason, for first-degree murder. Jason, a Naval Academy graduate with an exemplary record, killed the ex-husband of his wife in a dispute over the man’s alleged abuse of his two daughters. He was sentenced to life without parole and is currently incarcerated in a Florida prison. Speak Up For Hope was primarily formed to encourage churches and organizations to “adopt” prisons in their vicinity and bring to light the needs of prisoners and their families that aren’t being addressed.
Jesus Inside Prison Ministry, Inc.
P.O. Box 88489
Indianapolis, In. 46208
Jesus Inside Prison Ministry travels to prisons across the U.S. and Lagos, Nigeria. Ministering to prisoners for the past 28 years, JIPM’s aftercare facility with 46 beds, The Jesus House, is located in Indianapolis, Indiana and receive just released prisoners from all states. Their program, unfortunately, cannot receive sex offenders. JIPM disciples ex-offenders to serve God and reintegrate into the outside community. JIPM provides them housing, food, clothing, counseling, job assistance and computer training. Once they are employed, JIPM charges them a small weekly fee to continue to live at the facility.
Horizon Communities in Prison
P.O. Box 2547
Winter Park, FL 32790-2547
Horizon establishes faith and character-based, year-long residential programs INSIDE prisons with volunteer-led programs focusing on personal and family responsibility and employability. Most 12-week series are scripture based, some are not such as computer literacy, education, and transition preparation. Horizon is active at Tomoka CI, Daytona Beach, FL; Wakulla CI, Tallahassee, FL; the Allred unit, Wichita Falls, TX; Marion CI, Columbus, OH, and Davis CF, Holdenville, OK.
You can help by:
- Facilitating a small group of 8 men in workbook programs such as “Making Peace with Your Past”.
- Serving as an “Outside Brother” visiting regularly as an informal mentor with one of the Horizon participants.