Prisoner & Family Ministry

LSSI’s Prisoner and Family Ministry (PFM) serves those who are incarcerated, their families, and people released from prison throughout the state. The goals of this programming range from maintaining or building a relationship with their children to developing life and employement skils, and returning to their community. Each year, PFM touches more than 9,000 prisoners and their families throughout the state—from Dixon to Lincoln to Marion.

Funded primarily through private donations and foundation grants, Prisoner and Family Ministry is built on the philosophy of Restorative Justice. A contemporary view of a biblical concept—often called “God’s vision of justice”—Restorative Justice has the goal of bringing all parties affected by crime together to work toward healing.

Connections Program

  • Visits to Mom
  • Relatives as Parents program
  • Counseling for family reunification
  • Support services for people returning to the Chicago area
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Re-entry Services for Returning Citizens

  • Employment Skills School
  • Green Reentry Opportunities (GRO)
  • Transitional Housing
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Storybook Project

The Storybook Project is a program connecting parents who are incarcerated with their children through reading. Volunteers record the parent reading a story, and LSSI sends the storybook, the recording, and sometimes a personal message, to the child. For more information, please call 217.371.1633 or e-mail Gail.Beard@LSSI.org.