Free workshop on prison ministry April 5 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Online Staff Report

A workshop on prison ministry will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 5, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1829 N. Rockton Ave., Rockford, across the street from West Middle School. The workshop is free and open to the public.

Michael Davis, associate director of Prisoner and Family Ministry of Lutheran Social Services, will speak about their new services in Rockford. Their mission is to establish connections for correctional center populations with community providers, including faith-based organizations. They help ex-offenders (“returning citizens”) become productive members of the community.

Davis has been involved in re-entry since 1995. He will speak about re-entry support and how everyone involved in the criminal justice system can work toward the healing of relationships that have been broken by crime. He will encourage individuals and congregations to offer returning citizens and their families assistance in bringing about the needed healing.

Davis will talk about the specifics of needed assistance and re-entry support that can include simple things like clothing, food, a place to meet; and then go on to more involved assistance such as housing, counseling, education, health care, transportation and employment.

Call (815) 964-7111 for more details.

Posted April 2, 2014

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