Inmate Outreach Services


A bridge of hope to inmates and their families during and after incarceration

Inmates in jail or prison receive regular visits, correspondence, Bibles and Christian literature, reading glasses, stamped envelopes, and other practical help from staff and volunteers from The City Mission. Their families also receive emotional support and guidance as they deal with having a loved one incarcerated and during the transition period after release.

For some former inmates, the opportunity to come to Crossroads or Laura’s Home after their release helps them leave their past behind, develop life and work skills, build a network of friends who will provide positive influence and support, and learn to interact properly with family.  This support makes the adjustment to their new freedom easier, especially in a world that may have changed a lot during their incarceration.  Over this past year, 200 just released men and women found meaningful help here at The City Mission.

If you are an inmate, ex-offender, or know someone who would like more info, call or email the contact information listed below.

Local Jails

  • Cuyahoga County Jail chapel services
  • Individual inmate-chaplain visitation
  • Possible alternative sentencing into our Crossroads Men’s Crisis Center or Laura’s Home Women’s Crisis Center
  • Interaction with staff and probation officers

Ohio Prisons

  • Monthly literature mailing to more than 3,200 inmates
  • Personal discipleship correspondence
  • Twice monthly visits for TCM Chapel Meetings at Lorain Correctional, Ohio’s Northern Reception Center for newly incarcerated inmates.
  • Regular visits to Northeast Reintegration Center for many women nearing release
  • Connection to in-depth correspondence Bible studies through Life’s Key Ministries
  • Appropriate IOS contacts to family, friends, and/or to judicial and penal system staff
  • Possible post-release placement into our Crossroads Men’s Crisis Centeror Laura’s Home Women’s Crisis Center

Other Needs

Before donating any of these items to The City Mission, please email Brent Richards.

  • Soft cover or paperback Bibles – New or gently used Bibles with medium-size and large print are most needed.  Your donation of $50 helps us purchase a case of 24 Bibles.
  • Soft back Christian books and/or literature
  • Soft back or paperback pocket-sized dictionaries
  • Reading glasses in various strengths
  • Embossed envelopes (purchasable only at Post Office or USPS online)

For More Information Please Contact:

Chaplain Brent Richards, Inmate Outreach Services Program Manager
Phone: 216-431-3510 ext. 245 :

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