With the benefit of experience and strong relationships within the Illinois Department of Corrections, we have been able to minister within a majority of the 25 adult correctional centers in Illinois, as well as prisons in other states and even other countries – Uganda, Brazil, Panama, Colombia, and Ecuador.
In 1997, we expanded our approach to educate and train churches to do post-prison ministry. Beginning with our Meet Me at the Gate® initiative, we sought to create relationships with churches, organizations and individuals in ministering to Christian neighbors coming out of prison.
Today, it is common for us to introduce pastors and church volunteers to in-prison visits, make connections with prison officials, or link a church community with a single correctional facility. Area churches are also involved with our program for families, called Radical Time Out™.