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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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Authentic, A Sermon by Rev. Jeff Grant

  Link to Video of sermon on YouTube here. Let us pray. May the words of my mouth, and the meditations of all our hearts, be acceptable in your sight Oh Lord – our Rock and our Redeemer. Good morning, and welcome to Martin Luther King Sunday at Norfield Church.  What...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

A Vision of Forensic Ministry, By Jeff Grant

--> Progressive Prison Project  Greenwich, Connecticut  A Vision of Forensic Ministry By Jeff Grant “Needing help is not a crime; knowing that you need help –  and not asking for it--is a shame.”   In our ministries, I hear stories by so many people who knew that life...

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)...

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 2 – News & Content Link

Progressive Prison Project Greenwich, Connecticut We curate useful news and information content daily on the Progressive Prison Project Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/progressiveprisonproject  Gratefully, Jeff Jeff Grant, JD, M DivDirector, Progressive...

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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