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Jeff Grant, Greenwich White Collar Criminal, Shares His Journey Back to the Board Room By Emilie Munson – Reporter, CT Post

We Told Our Story at a Nantucket Project Conversation in Greenwich

From The Nantucket Project: We’ve been working on something new here at The Nantucket Project. It's a way to share our Idea Films in living rooms around the country to encourage Conversation and it's a natural extension of what we already do: ask questions, think,...

Greenwich Resident Don Young Elected to Family ReEntry Board

Greenwich Resident Don Young Elected to Family ReEntry Board Bridgeport, CT – (January 8, 2018) – Family ReEntry, a nonprofit leader that assists individuals and families affected by the criminal justice system, today announced the appointment of Don Young...

Happy New Year Letter to Our Fellow Travelers: Here’s to a Great 2018!

Dear Fellow Travelers,  As this year winds quickly to a close, Lynn and I want to take this moment to wish you all a most happy & healthy new year!  We are especially grateful for the gift of friendship and fellowship we share with each one of you. We are miracles who...

We were Featured on Inc.com, Feb. 22, 2016

Inc.: What Successful Entrepreneurs and Successful Criminals Have in Common, By Tim Askew The distance between the criminal and the successful entrepreneur is not so very far. ____________________ I found this line in a recent John Grisham bestseller.  "Prisons are...

We were Featured on Inc.com, Oct. 2, 2017

Inc.com: Entrepreneurship as Precursor to Addiction: The Business Crisis of Opiates, By Tim Askew The first paragraph of Scott Peck's book The Road Less Traveled says simply, "Life is difficult." That's certainly true. For the Buddha suffering was the first rule of...

We were Featured in Nonprofit Quarterly, Oct. 15, 2017

Nonprofit Quarterly: Connecticut Budget Stalemate Makes State’s Bad Inequities Worse, By Jim Schaffer October 15, 2017; San Francisco Chronicle (Associated Press) and the Connecticut Mirror. Although not in the national news as much as some states, Connecticut faces...

Happy & Healthy Holiday Wishes from Jeff Grant & Lynn Springer

PRISONIST.ORG Dear Family ReEntry Staff, Board and Executive Council Members, As I sit down to write this year's holiday message, I am almost overwhelmed with the deep respect and gratitude I have for each one of you. One of the slogans of the...

Nonprofits are One Solution to the CT Budget Crisis

Congratulations to Family ReEntry Directors Tony Corso and Fred Hodges for your contributions to the Alliance's video explaining the efficiency, effectiveness and cost savings that Connecticut nonprofits provide. Fred has major screen time in this ad. We urge all to...

Family ReEntry Insider: Two Reflections on the Cheshire Tragedy

After my release in early summer of 2007 from a Federal prison (where I served almost fourteen months for a white-collar crime), I spent five weeks in a halfway house in Hartford that served both Federal and State of Connecticut clients. I was released just two weeks...

PORTALS… walk through the internet – engage the world

Connecticut Prison Portals -- Portals are gold spaces equipped with immersive audiovisual technology. When you enter a Portal, you come face-to-face with someone in a distant Portal and can converse live and full-body, as if in the same room. For more information,...

Family ReEntry Announces New Board Members

Bragg, Light and Morris Elected to Board Bridgeport, CT - (May 22, 2017) -- Family ReEntry, a nonprofit leader that assists families affected by the criminal justice system, today announced the appointment of three key new board members, who will help guide the...

Envisioning a First Chance Society

by Jeff Grant, JD, M Div & Sarah Diamond, PhD --   "Supporting a Second Chance Society with First Chance Opportunities" Last fall, the Directors of Family ReEntry viewed a TED Talk by Dan Pallotta titled, "The Way We Think About Charity is Dead Wrong."  In his talk,...

The Color of a Collar: Jeffrey Abramowitz’s Road to Reentry

Prisonist.org: Faith & Dignity for the Days AheadBlogs, Guest Blogs & News Over a Quarter-Million Views and Growing! The Color of a Collar: Jeffrey Abramowitz's Road to Reentry  Jeffrey, a former Philadelphia lawyer, is dedicating his life to helping other returning...

What’s the Use of Regret?

Gordon Marino, The New York Times -- Cover art: Leigh Wells -- Originally Published in THE STONE, Nov. 12, 2016 -- Some thinkers have portrayed regret as a humanizing emotion. The 20th-century moral philosopher Bernard Williams pointed out that, in instances where a...

Child Of An Incarcerated Parent

by Melissa Tanis --   Reprinted from Prisonist.org, Jan. 22, 2015 --     We asked Melissa to write a guest blog for prisonist.org after she contacted us looking for a job.  She sent us one of the most poignant, movingand authentic pieces we have everhad the honor of...

Story of a Woman Returning from Prison

Surviving Danbury FCI --   by Jacqueline Polverari - Guest Blogger     I don’t think I could ever remember a time in my past life where I was truly satisfied or even happy with myself.  I had a continuing need to prove myself to my father, a constant need to please...

Interview: WGCH 1490 AM, Greenwich, CT

Rev. Jim Lemler, Rector and Senior Pastor of Christ Church Greenwich, interviewed Jeff for his radio show, "On Faith." It is presented on The Greenwich Sentinel Radio Hour. Please click below to listen to archived show. Original Airdate: Tues. Jan. 31,...

Shouldn’t Criminal Defense Lawyers Prepare Clients for Prison?

by Jay Berger, The Legal Intelligencer --   Originally Published in The Legal Intelligencer, Dec. 30, 2015 --   The question in he title of this post is the headline of this notable commentary authored by Jay Berger and appearing in The Legal Intelligencer: Here are...

What’s the Use of Regret? by Gordon Marino – Guest Blogger

Prisonist.org: Faith & Dignity for the Days AheadBlogs, Guest Blogs & NewsWhat's the Use of Regret?by Gordon Marino - Guest Blogger We read this Op-Ed in The New York Times (Oct. 13, 2016) and reached out to the author who enthusiastically gave us permission to...

Jeff Grant Appointed New Interim Executive Director at Family ReEntry

The Board of Directors of Family ReEntry has appointed Jeff Grant, JD, M Div, as interim Executive Director of Family ReEntry of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Grant served on Family ReEntry’s board of directors since 2009 — his new appointment marks the first time in the...

Emily Hart Elected to the Board of Directors of Family ReEntry

Emily Hart recently expanded her involvement with the non-profit community from New York to Connecticut when she joined the Board of Directors in September 2016. Previously, Emily worked as a Substance Abuse Counselor in New York providing counseling services for...

Susan Ness Returns to the Board of Directors of Family ReEntry

Susan Ness rejoined the Board after a one year respite. Susan has served over 19 years on the FRE Board being involved in the annual Bydale events, nominating and development committees. She is active participant in the Stephen Ministry and Altar Guild, former Vestry...

Letter to Neil Young, by Jeff Grant. It’s All One Song.

Prisonist.org: Faith & Dignity for the Days AheadBlogs, Guest Blogs & News Letter to Neil Youngby Jeff Grant  "it's all one song"- Neil Young I was playing some Neil Young songs on guitar for Lynn and a friend of ours today, and remembered this blog that I wrote and...

Surviving a “Max” Prison, by Lee Gutierrez – Guest Blogger

Prisonist.org: Faith & Dignity for the Days AheadBlogs, Guest Blogs & News   Surviving a "Max" Prison By Lee Gutierrez - Guest Blogger    STARTING, prison with a "MAX" classification. Placed me in one of the most aggressive and hostile environments created by man. A...

After Trauma: The Time For Spiritual Growth, By Jeff Grant, JD, M Div

Prisonist.org: Faith & Dignity for the Days AheadBlogs, Guest Blogs & News After Trauma: The Time For Spiritual GrowthBy Jeff Grant, JD, M Div____________WHAT IF, you are exactly where you are supposed to be? So many of us are in a place where our first life has come...

Weston Forum: Kiwanis Talk, Aftermath of White Collar Crime

Prisonist.org: Faith & Dignity for the Days AheadBlogs, Guest Blogs & News Weston Forum: Kiwanis TalkAftermath of White-Collar CrimeReprinted from Weston Forum, March 24, 2016 in Lead News, People · 0 CommentsA man who served more than a year in a federal prison for a...

Faith and Dignity on CorrLinks: Federal Prison Email

Prisonist.org: Faith & Dignity for the Days AheadBlogs, Guest Blogs & News Faith and Dignity on CorrLinks: Federal Prison Email  CorrLinks is a way for family and friends to communicate with their loved ones  incarcerated in prison.  We received our ministee's...

Financial Fraud: Top 13 Crimes, by Prof. Brad Reid – Guest Blogger

Prisonist.org: Faith & Dignity for the Days AheadBlogs, Guest Blogs & News   Financial Fraud:Top 13 CrimesBy Prof. Brad Reid - Guest BloggerWe've greatly admired Brad's articles for the  Huffington Post, and asked him to guest blog for prisonist.org. __________...

Last Stop Babylon, by Rev. Jeff Grant. The Art of Surviving Prison

Prisonist.org: Blogs, Guest Blogs  & News Concerning National and International Criminal Justice ThemesLAST STOP BABYLON: THE ART OF SURVIVING PRISON BY REV. JEFF GRANTThis article first appeared in Weston Magazine Group's fourteen titles in NYC, the Hamptons, Long...

Life Without Mom, By Steve Brase – Guest Blogger

Progressive Prison Project Innocent Spouse & Children Project Greenwich-Weston-Bridgeport ConnecticutLife Without MomBy Steve Brase - Guest BloggerSteve and Kelly Brase first came to our attention because of their blog's name,"Orange is the New Blog."  Kelly is...

Child Of An Incarcerated Parent, By Melissa Tanis – Guest Blogger

Prisonist.org: Blogs, Guest Blogs  & News Concerning National and International Criminal Justice ThemesChild Of An Incarcerated ParentBy Melissa Tanis - Guest Blogger We asked Melissa to write a guest blog for prisonist.org after she contacted us looking for a...

Authentic, A Sermon by Rev. Jeff Grant

Progressive Prison ProjectInnocent Spouse & Children ProjectGreenwich-Weston-BridgeportConnecticutNorfield Congregational ChurchWeston, ConnecticutSunday, January 18, 2015, 10 amMartin Luther King Jr. Sunday AuthenticA Sermon by Rev. Jeff Grant  Let us pray. May the...

A Repurposed Life: A Biblical Perspective, By Jeff Grant, JD, M Div

Progressive Prison ProjectInnocent Spouse & Children ProjectGreenwich, ConnecticutA Repurposed Life:A Biblical PerspectiveBy Rev. Jeff Grant, JD, M Div____________WHAT IF, you are exactly where you are supposed to be? So many of us are in a place where our first life...

Who Watches the Watchmen? By Anonymous, A White-Collar Felon

Progressive Prison ProjectInnocent Spouse & Children ProjectGreenwich, Connecticut Who Watches the Watchmen? By Anonymous, Guest Blogger & A White-Collar FelonEditor's note: we had no idea how timely this blog would be when we posted in on Mon., Dec. 8, 2014.  Two...

Understanding and Explaining Depression, By Orla Kelly – Guest Blogger

Progressive Prison Project Innocent Spouse & Children Project Greenwich, ConnecticutUnderstanding and Explaining DepressionBy Orla Kelly - Guest Blogger As someone who suffers from bipolar disorder and addiction to prescription narcotics (12 years sober last August),...

Material Freedom vs Spiritual Freedom, By Pandit Dasa – Guest Blogger

Progressive Prison Project Innocent Spouse & Children Project Greenwich, ConnecticutMaterial Freedom vs. Spiritual FreedomBy Pandit Dasa - Guest Blogger We invited our friend Gadadhara Pandit Dasa, the Interfaith Chaplain of my alma mater, Union Theological Seminary,...

Last Blog Before Prison, by Brian Jorgenson – Guest Blogger

Progressive Prison Project Innocent Spouse & Children Project Greenwich, Connecticut Last Blog Before Prison by Brian Jorgenson - Guest Blogger  Brian Jorgenson has been a ministee of ours for a short few months.  In our time together, he has taught us new lessons in...

Incarceration & Depression: A Group Project, By Rev. Jeff Grant

Progressive Prison Project Innocent Spouse & Children Project Greenwich, ConnecticutIncarceration & Depression:A Group ProjectBy Rev. Jeff Grant Friends, I will be guest preaching at the First Baptist Church of Bridgeport on Sun, Aug 24th, 10 am.  My intended sermon...

The Amazing Ride, by Lori Dooley – Innocent Spouse & Guest Blogger

Progressive Prison Project Innocent Spouse & Children Project Greenwich, Connecticut The Amazing RideBy Lori Dooley - Innocent Spouse & Guest BloggerThis is Lori's second guest blogfor us this summer.  Her first,   One Mississippi, Two Mississippi, was one of our most...

Letter to Neil Young, by Jeff Grant

Progressive Prison Project Innocent Spouse & Children Project Greenwich, ConnecticutLetter to Neil Youngby Jeff Grant  "it's all one song"- Neil YoungDear Neil Young, I am writing to you let you know how you've inspired my transformation story and prison...

One Mississippi, Two Mississippi. By Lori Dooley – Guest Blogger

Progressive Prison Project Innocent Spouse & Children Project Greenwich, Connecticut One Mississippi, Two MississippiBy Lori Dooley - Guest BloggerHi Jeff and Lynn:Recently, I had the opportunity to see Les Misérables  at a local theater in our community.  There are...

The Catch-22’s of White-Collar Ministry, By Jeff Grant

Progressive Prison Project Innocent Spouse & Children Project Greenwich, Connecticut The Catch-22’s of White-Collar Ministry By Jeff Grant   Catch-22 was one of my favorite novels and movies.  The term, Catch-22, describes a situation from which an individual cannot...

Last Stop Babylon in Weston Magazine Group, by Jeff Grant

LAST STOP BABYLON: THE ART OF SURVIVING PRISON BY REV. JEFF GRANT This is the article that currently appears in Weston Magazine Group's fourteen titles in NYC, the Hamptons, Long Island, New Jersey, Westchester and Connecticut (p. 66) "Last Stop Babylon: The Art of...

Rocky Mountain High, by TR – Guest Blogger

Progressive Prison Project  Innocent Spouse & Children Project Greenwich, Connecticut Rocky  Mountain HighBy TR - Guest Blogger TR is a ministee from the finance industry who served time after multiple DUI's - he wrote to us in April 2013 after his first two weeks in...

The Stone Which The Builders Rejected, by Jeff Grant

Progressive Prison Project Innocent Spouse & Children Project Greenwich, Connecticut "The Stone Which The Builders RejectedHas Become The Chief Cornerstone" Jeff Grant This is my  favorite line of scripture - it comes from Psalm 118. I think it powerfully explains how...

Karma and Soup du Jour, by Joseph Deltito, M. D. – Guest Blogger

Progressive Prison Project Innocent Spouse & Children Project Greenwich, Connecticut Karma and Soup du JourBy Joseph Deltito, M.D.- Guest Blogger  Dr. Deltito is a psychiatrist and psychopharmacologist practicing in Greenwich, CT.  He can be reached...

Disrupting Shame, By Jeff Grant

Progressive Prison Project Innocent Spouse & Children Project Greenwich, Connecticut Disrupting ShameBy Jeff Grant Lynn and I preached last Sunday at the First Congregational Church of Danbury - our topic was, "Disrupting Shame through Faith, Truth and Service."  No...

Reflections at Sunrise of a White-Collar Felon, by Anonymous

Progressive Prison Project Innocent Spouse & Children Project Greenwich, ConnecticutReflections at Sunriseof a White-Collar Felon By Anonymous Coming out of isolation and intocommunity is a process. We are proud of our friend and ministee for takinga big step in...

Viktor Frankl & Me, By Jeff Grant

  Progressive Prison Project Innocent Spouse & Children Project Greenwich, ConnecticutWhat “Man’s Search for Meaning” Was to Prison, “Religious Perspectives On Business Ethics” Was to Seminary Part One: Viktor Frankl & Me by Jeff Grant  These two books were pivotal in...

In Prison For The Holidays: Real Letters

Progressive Prison ProjectInnocent Spouse & Children Project Greenwich, ConnecticutIn Prison for the Holidays:Real Letters  Lee Gutierrez is serving eight years hard time in the NYS prisonsystem for a single DWI - an accident in which someone got hurt badly.We had one...

It Takes A Town (or Two). By Jeff Grant

Progressive Prison ProjectInnocent Spouse & Children Project Greenwich, ConnecticutIt Takes A Town (or tw0)By Jeff Grant  I admit it.  I prejudged things. My wife Lynn & I had a dream of building new forms of prison ministry to bring diverse and suffering communities...

We Have Dreams Too, By Lynn Springer

Progressive Prison ProjectInnocent Spouse & Children Project Greenwich, ConnecticutWe Have Dreams TooBy Lynn Springer Being children of the 50's and 60's, my husband Jeff and I had many remarkable role models as we were growing up: The Freedom Fighters, Martin Luther...

Jeff Grant on SAC Capital & some not-so-surprising replies!

Progressive Prison Project Innocent Spouse & Children Project Greenwich, Connecticut  Rev. Jeff Grant comments on the NY Times Article About SAC Capital & some not-so-surprising replies!Nov. 5, 2013 Dear New York Times, In Response to your recent article about SAC...

Going Up The Country, By Jeff Grant

Progressive Prison ProjectInnocent Spouse & Children Project Greenwich, Connecticut  Going Up The Country By Jeff Grant  Sat., Oct. 26th, Weston, CT:  Up again way too early this morning - I can't believe it's already been a month since The Nantucket Project and I...

Visiting My Brother In Prison, By Alison Grant

Progressive Prison Project Greenwich, Connecticut   Visiting My Brother In Prison, By Alison Grant   When my brother told me he might be going to prison, I couldn't believe it.  In my eyes he could do no wrong.   I had been holding him up on a pedestal since I was a...

Taking 200 Guitar Lessons in Prison, By Jeff Grant

Progressive Prison Project  Greenwich, Connecticut  Taking 200 Guitar Lessons in PrisonBy Jeff Grant: “You can do the crime and do the time, but what you do with the time is the key to success or failure in prison.”   Some of you might know that I play lead guitar in...

The Platform Less Taken, By Jeff Grant: Heading East on Metro-North

--> Progressive Prison Project Greenwich, Connecticut The Platform Less Taken: Heading East on Metro-North By Jeff Grant I stood with about a half dozen other passengers on the Greenwich Metro-North platform yesterday morning.   We were waiting for the 8:17 am...

Mourning My Father Part Two: The French Chairs

Progressive Prison ProjectGreenwich, ConnecticutThis originally appeared as one of my Practically Religion columns in Greenwich, Connecticut. Mourning My Father Part Two: The French Chairsby Jeff GrantI prayed this morning.  I got up early but instead of my usual...

Mourning My Father, Warts and All (Part One)

Progressive Prison ProjectGreenwich, ConnecticutThis is an excerpt from my book, The Art of Surviving Prison, awaiting publication. It originally appeared as one of my Practically Religion columns in Greenwich, Connecticut. Mourning My father, Warts And All (Part...

“Unseen” – Sermon: Seeing Doubting Thomas as One of the Unseen

Progressive Prison Project Greenwich, Connecticut Jeff Grant, JD, M DivDirector, Progressive Prison ProjectAssoc. Minister/ Director of Prison MinistriesFirst Baptist Church of Bridgeport126 Washington Avenue, 1st Fl. Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604(203)...

The Nantucket Project 2012 – Column 1

Progressive Prison Project  Greenwich, Connecticut A column from Sept, 2012.  I was the kick-off speaker at The Nantucket Project 2012 Fellows Academy lunch to start the weekend: Practically Religion: Interesting Times at The Nantucket Project By Jeff GrantAn Ancient...

White Collar Ministry 3 – Why Greenwich? Why Bridgeport?

Progressive Prison Project  Greenwich, Connecticut -->In Early December, I was on my way to the Fresh Start Holiday Party in Bridgeport.   Fresh Start is a program of Family ReEntry, a nonprofit that serves formerly incarcerated persons and their families in Fairfield...

White Collar Ministry – Hedge Fund Story

-->Progressive Prison Project  Greenwich, Connecticut Not long ago I met with a hedge fund manager who had already been sentenced to five years in prison - he had been designated to report to a Federal prison in five weeks.  Although his case was highly publicized, he...

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