Welcome

Welcome to the shared online home for Under the Door (prison ministry) and Inside-Out Connections (ex-offender ministry). Our passion is to be a visible, viable, valuable alternative to the current way of doing prison and ex-offender ministry. We want to go beyond mere concepts or good intentions in order to create a visible model that others can scrutinize and adapt. We want to work in a way that’s sustainable and makes a longer-term impact. And we want to bring something of real value for inmates, ex-offenders, and congregations.

There’s a lot of food for thought here, and a lot of practical help as well. Order copies of the Spiritual Survival Guide for Prison and Beyond, a book we wrote and produced. Download a pdf version of RED Chicago, our new Re-Entry Directory for the Chicago area. Check out a variety of volunteer opportunities. Donate or partner with us. If you’re an ex-offender, come and check out one of our Inside-Out Connections groups, meeting on Chicago’s west side.

News

International Summit for Correctional Ministry

The last week of May, our staff and lead volunteer attended the third annual CMCA (Correctional Ministry & Chaplains Association) Summit, a three-day conference, at Wheaton College.

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Weekly Bible Study at Stateville Prison Begins

In mid-February, Program Director, Ben Blobaum, launched a weekly Bible study in the Minimum Security Unit (MSU) at Stateville Prison.

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Next Stateville Prison Team Opportunity May 17

Join us Sunday, May 17th to go on this outreach opportunity.

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