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.