Re-Entry

Every day citizens are returning from incarceration to our communities and our churches.  They face many obstacles and barriers as they try to reintegrate into society.  It is common experience to have basic needs such as housing, food, clothing, employment, and healthcare go unmet. The success – or lack of success – of their reentry is critical for their well-being and that of the community to which they return. Parishes can help these men and women by welcoming them and providing for material, spiritual, and emotional assistance.

 Below are ways you can support citizens in re-entry.

Re-Entry Programs (faith and non-faith based)

Programs listed below can be developed by parish teams or people can volunteer as individuals.

  • Mentoring:  Be a mentor - consider Trusted Mentors.
    • Mentoring helps adults establish stable lives by reducing the chaos brought about by poverty, homelessness, under-employment, and the effects of incarceration.
      Interested in learning more about mentoring a returning citizen?
      Trusted Mentors provides training and pair a mentor with a mentee. 
    • Volunteer applications are available at www.trustedmentors.org
    • Phone:  (317) 985-5041
  • Getting Ahead While Getting Out at the Indianapolis Women’s Prison
    • A 20-week prisoner reentry model to reduce recidivism through learning, building resources, accountability, and collaboration. Begins shortly before release and follows through with long-term support via a community and relationship-based approach. Volunteers must participate in workshop and use manual and user guides.
    • Web: ahaprocess.com.
  • "Churches Embracing Offenders" Dedicated to ministering to the spiritual, phyiscal, emotional and social needs of non-violent offenders living in and returning to the community. A study conducted by USI in 2011 indicated that only 12.5% of those who graduated from their program were re-arrested since 2000.
    • Phone:812-442-2226
  • Bridges to Life
    • A 14-week restorative justice model to encourage forgiveness and reconciliation. Over 28,000 offenders have graduated from BTL. They have worked in over 95 prisons and its curriculum has been used in 12 states and 4 countries. Currently offered in conjunction with Plainfield Correctional Facility, Indiana Women's Prison, and Heritage Trail.
    • Web: www.bridgestolife.org
    • Phone:713-463-7200

The Catholic Charities Crisis Office

Located in the Xavier Building at 1435 N. Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202.

Phone: 317-236-1435

Web: www.archindy.org/cc/indianapolis

The Crisis Office assists returning citizens and low income persons by providing access to our food pantry and clothing room. Assistance is given by linking clients with existing community resources and by providing direct assistance where gaps occur. Also available to clients are bus tickets, vouchers for gas, food and clothing.

The Crisis Office is open:

  • Monday
    • 1:00 p.m. to 2 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for food only; 
  • Tuesday
    • 10:00 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday
    • 10:00 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday
    • 10:00 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Appointments are not necessary. However, the number of clients seen on any given day is limited.


If you are interested in learning more about any of these ministries contact:

Lynne Weisenbach, Coordinator of Corrections Ministries
Office of Pastoral Ministries
Archdiocese of Indianapolis
lweisenbach@archindy.org
317-592-4012

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