A Bridge of Hope to Inmates and their Families During and After Incarceration

For the current and formerly incarcerated, restoration to a normal, healthy life can seem like an impossible endeavor. Through our unique Inmate Outreach Services program, inmates and their families find the support they need to pursue their best future. Learn about the meaningful hope we share with inmates and their families below.

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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
  • Families receive emotional support and guidance as they deal with having a loved one incarcerated, as well as during periods of transition following release

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 Center or Laura’s Home Women’s Crisis Center


  • Opportunity to join the long-term program at Crossroads or Laura's Home
  • Assistance with basic needs such as food, shelter, clothing, and safety
  • Development of life and work skills so that individuals are less likely to reoffend
  • Build a network of friends who will provide positive influence and support, as well as restoring healthy family relationships
  • Recommendations and research assistance in finding employment and housing

Inmate Outreach Services by the Numbers in 2018

visits made to Ohio prisons & jails
encouraging one-on-one visits
monthly mailings and letter correspondance

Inmate Outreach Services Needs

The population of current and former inmates is often overlooked and ostracized by communities, leaving them to their own devices and likely to reoffend. Will you consider joining us in answering Jesus' call in Matthew 25 to visit prisoners and share the Gospel with all by donating the much needed items below?

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 : brichards@thecitymission.org

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