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
– before, during and upon reentry from prison
In the 10+ years we’ve been working with individuals and families before, during & upon reentry from prison, this is our simple conclusion: those who adopt a Spiritual Solution evolve and cope more successfully than those who do not.
We offer spiritual solutions for material problems, and strive to engender and evoke understanding and compassion in all people for all people.
WHAT WE DO
Shepherding people and families with care and compassion all the way through the incarceration and reentry process to a new and transformed life is our mission. We engage in direct pastoral care in person/ telephone/ Skype/ FaceTime/ mail/ email (many Federal prisons now have email).
Confidentiality. As clergy, our communications and counseling are strictly confidential. For this reason, we are often the first people that families call when they are ready to end their isolation and reach out for help. This is also a major reason that many attorneys allow their clients to maintain relationships with us.
Pastoral Care. Utilizing our professional backgrounds and real world experience in religion, law, business, reentry, addiction & mental health recovery, family work, ethics, and advocacy, we are the only ministry in the country created and committed to guide individuals and families though this difficult time. Our services also provide all the practical steps for the entire process.
Sanctuary & Refuge. We are a safe and secure place of sanctuary, privacy and refuge where individuals and families can discuss matters of shame, ostracism, grief, remorse, etc. with complete confidentiality, and can learn, grow and evolve into the spiritual beings God intends them to be.
Expert Testimony. We can provide expert testimony services to criminal defense teams to assist them in presenting a truthful and balanced package to the court. Utilizing
our unparalleled and unique bios, we can also document the individual’s and family’s fresh start in writing, and in testimony before the court.
Dispute Resolution & Mediation. Individuals and families who are experiencing issues in the criminal justice system often have many other pressing matters including financial problems and disputes, family disruption, etc. Using our unique experience and backgrounds, we can assist in resolving these matters.
Boards. It is our honor to serve on the Board of Directors of the two largest nonprofits in Connecticut dedicated to families affected by issues of incarceration, Community Partners in Action and Family ReEntry. In New York City, we serve on the Board of Healing Communities Network. Additionally, we serve on the Editorial Board of the book & movement, The Justice Imperative (CT), and on the advisory boards of The Phoenix Association (CT) and Creative Projects Group (Los Angeles, CA).
We have had the privilege of speaking at some of the most important and influential venues in the United States, including (links are underlined): The Nantucket Project
, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
(Hartford, CT), Greenwich Leadership Forum
, Correctional Ministries & Chaplains Assoc. Conference (Wheaton College, IL), Yale Divinity School, Union Theological Seminary, churches, prisons and community reentry programs, etc.
Sermons. Preaching frequently at churches and houses of worship provides an opportunity to share our work and spread the message of compassion, forgiveness and redemption.
Media. Articles featuring Rev. Jeff Grant and our ministry have appeared in Forbes, HedgeFund Intelligence/Absolute Return, New York Magazine, Fairfield County Business Journal, All 14 Titles of Weston Magazine Group (Greenwich Country Capital), etc.
Additional Advocacy/Press. We further advocate for criminal justice reform by providing quotes, sound-bites and non-confidential information to the press.
Authoring, curating and editing the important and widely read blog and site, prisonist.org
, we focus on national and international criminal justice advocacy/ministry themes. Exclusive articles and guest blogs are posted by some of the world’s foremost experts in their fields.
We are grateful for all donations to our Ministries that enable us to grow, reach out and serve this community for which there is far too little understanding, compassion and empathy. Donations can be made by credit card/PayPal via the “Donate Now” button below, or by sending your check payable to: “Progressive Prison Ministries, Inc.” P.O. Box 1232, Weston, Connecticut 06883.
Progressive Prison Ministries, Inc. is a CT Religious Corp. with 501c3 status –
all donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. Thank you for your support and generosity.
If you, a friend or a family member are experiencing 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.