Healing Communities is a framework for a distinct form of ministry for men and women returning from or at risk of incarceration, their families and the larger community. Healing Communities challenges congregations to become Stations of Hope for those persons affected by the criminal justice system and sexual exploitation.


We train communities of faith to:

  • walk with the returning citizens (connect returning citizens to resources that will help set attainable goals)

  • help them connect with their faith (provide spiritual support)

  • open their hearts to them (foster positive relationships)

  • embrace them (extend open and affirming fellowship)

  • provide understanding (collaboration with family and friends to rebuild relationships)

  • advocate for political change on a local, state, and federal level


We provide support and technical assistance to faith communities by:

  • offering seminars in restorative justice, family reintegration and family support

  • identifying resources and building networks for capacity building, service delivery and advocacy

  • offering opportunities for peer learning from other congregations and expert learning at local, regional and national conferences

  • customized programming for local congregations