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Happy Holidays! December 2015 Newsletter  

The First Ministries in the U.S. created to provide confidential religious/spiritual support and counseling to individuals and families with white-collar and other nonviolent incarceration issues. We offer spiritual solutions to material problems all the way through the incarceration and reentry process to a new and transformed life of productivity and helping others 

Thank You For Your Year-End Donation To Our Ministries!

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Article: Our Ministries Featured in December 2015 Issue of “The Vision” 

The Newspaper of The New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church

White-Collar Ministry: A Riches-To-Rags-To-Redemption Story

“On Easter Sunday 2006, I reported to Allenwood Low Security Corrections Institution in White Deer, Pennsylvania. A guard came out and I showed him my court orders – he did not seem happy about my reporting on Easter Sunday. As we went through the metal door he spun me around, held my hands behind my back and slapped handcuffs on them. I had been anticipating this moment for over a year and not once did I consider that I would have to be handcuffed. At that moment I had my first inkling of how little I knew about surviving in prison.”  To read the rest of this article, please click here (see page 8).

Conference: Building Bridges: Refocused. Tues., Jan. 5, 2016, 9am – 4pm, Central Connecticut State University    

Please join us at Building Bridges: Refocused, Setting A Course For Reentry in a Second Chance Society. Student Center, Alumni Hall, CCSU, New Britain, CT. We are honored to sit on the faith-based break out panel in the afternoon. Please click here to register for this important conference.


Radio Interview: Darby & Friends, WGCH Greenwich 1490 AM 

We were interviewed by Darby Cartun on her news/talk radio show, Darby & Friends. Original air date, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015 at 12:30 pm. To listen to the live stream, or archived interview after the air date, please click here.


Guest Blog: Last Blog Before Prison, by Brian  Jorgenson – White-Collar Felon


At the time he wrote this guest blog for, Brian Jorgenson had been a ministee of ours for a short few months.  Brian taught us new lessons in opening up to faith and reaching out to others for help.  We are honored that he wrote this blog post for us the evening before he reported to the camp at FCI Herlong in California to serve his two-year sentence for a white-collar crime.

“I’m sitting here looking at the pink sunrise pouring over the hills in Reno. The sky may be completely clear but that doesn’t remove the dark cloud in my life. In just a little over 24 hours, I will be self-surrendering to federal prison (likely I will already be there by the time you read these words). Titles like felon or fraudster will be my label for the foreseeable future but starting tomorrow, my new title will be inmate. I’m not trying to get in a “woe is me” mentality but this is the stark reality of my situation.” To read the rest of Brian’s guest blog, please click here.


Guest Blog: Child of an Incarcerated Parent, By Melissa Tanis

We asked Melissa to write a guest blog for after she contacted us looking for a job.  She sent us one of the most poignant, moving and authentic pieces we have ever had the honor of reading. 

“When I was five years old my father was sentenced to a maximum of 50 years in prison. I was not able at that age to comprehend how much my life would change from that moment on. I visited my father in prison when I was eight years old and then went 17 years without any contact.”  To read the rest of this compelling guest blog, please click here. 


Guest Blog: The Unnamed Victims of White-Collar Crime- The Family, By Ken Citarella, Esq. – Former Prosecutor 

Ken and I were law school classmates from 1978 – 1981.  When we learned about Ken’s own spiritual & faith journey, we asked him to guest blog for 

“After all, I was a prosecutor and not a social worker.  Although it was very rare, I did have continuing contact with some defendants.  Indeed, some even thanked me for convicting them, since it was the forceful redirection they needed to reform.  But over time, the plight of the victimized family remained with me just as did the more recognized status of the crime victim.  Moreover, the state had Victim Services offices that could assist crime victims recover from the harm done to them; the family did not.”

To read the balance of Ken’s guest blog, please click here.
Video: Greenwich Leadership Forum

We were interviewed by David Miller, Director of the Princeton University Faith & Work Initiative, before a gathering of 200+ leaders dedicated to faithful and ethical business practices. To view the highlight video or the full-length video, please click here.


Article: Our Ministries Featured in the Weston Magazine Group

We were featured in Greenwich Country Capitalist, Westport Country Capitalist, New Canaan Country Capitalist, Westchester Country Capitalist, Hamptons Country Capitalist, Long Island Country Capitalist, Litchfield County Country Capitalist, Rye, Weston, Alpine, Upper East Side, SOHONyc, Tribeca and Central Park West magazines. Please click here to read article.


Donations: Thank You For Your Support & Generosity! 

We are grateful for all donations made to our ministries. Donations can be made by Credit Card/PayPal or by sending your check payable to:

“Progressive Prison Ministries, Inc.” P.O. Box 1232, Weston, Connecticut 06883.  We are a CT Religious Corp. with 501(c)(3) status – all donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Wishing you and yours a healthy and happy holidays! Blessings, Jeff & Lynn

Comments from Social Media:

Barry Diamond: “To all of my connections who are in CT. I will be at the Building Bridges meeting. Come over & say hello”


Progressive Prison Project/

Innocent Spouse & Children Project

Rev. Jeff Grant, JD, M Div, Minister/Director

(o) 203-769-1096

(m) 203-339-5887

Lynn Springer, Founding Advocate, Innocent Spouse & Children Project

(203) 536-5508

George Bresnan, Advocate, Ex-Pats
(203) 609-5088

Jim Gabal, Development
(203) 858-2865

Babz Rawls Ivy, Media Contact
(203) 645-9278   


  If transformation and redemption matter to you, a friend or a family member with a white-collar or nonviolent incarceration issue, please contact us and we will promptly send you an information package by mail, email or via Dropbox. The darkest days of a person’s life can be a time of renewal and hope.