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We offer spiritual solutions for material problems, and strive to engender and evoke understanding and compassion in all people for all people.
Since Jan. 2015, we have served individuals and families in twenty-five states, including: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Washington. We communicate with these families before, during and upon reentry from prison in person or by phone, email, Skype, FaceTime or GoToMeeting, or via CorrLinks if in a Federal prison.
Pastoral Care/Spiritual Counseling. Utilizing our professional backgrounds and real world experience in religion, law, business, reentry, addiction & mental health recovery, family work, social ethics, and advocacy, we are the only organization and ministry in the country created and committed to guiding individuals, families and organizations. We engage in direct pastoral care in person and by telephone/ Skype/ FaceTime/ GoToMeeting/ mail/ email (many Federal prisons now have email).
Family Counseling. We have dedicated staff and volunteers specifically dedicated to the needs of innocent spouses, families and children.
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 for them to be.
Substance Abuse, Other Addictions & Compulsions, Mental Health. Not only do we collectively possess decades of experience in recovery and reentry, but we partner with the very best drug and alcohol counselors, interventionists, MSW’s, therapists, psychiatrists, psychopharmacologists, etc.
II. During Prison:
Pastoral Care/ Spiritual Counseling. For those in prison, we engage in direct pastoral care in person and by telephone, CorrLinks, and mail. We meet with spouses and family members to assist them through these difficult, critical times.
Clergy Visitation. Many prisons afford clergy special visitation privileges such as one-on-one private sessions in private attorney/clergy meeting rooms, access on non-visitation days, etc.
Newsletters, Blogs & Articles. We also send in to prison copies of our newsletters, blogs & guest blogs, and helpful articles
Family Counseling. We know first-hand how difficult it is for families to be away from their loved one – and for the incarcerated to be away from family. We provide consistent and continual assistance throughout the darkest days of incarceration.
Funds Assistance/ College Scholarships. American Baptist Churches USA has awarded us a grant to provide one-time stipends to individuals or families with white-collar or nonviolent incarceration issues to be used for short-term expenses and for college scholarships. We continue to seek out other compassionate benefactors.
Reentry Preparation. Working with some of the best known reentry nonprofits in the country, we start the reentry and reintegration process long before release.
Pastoral Care/ Spiritual Counseling. It comes as a shock to most people that their return home is actually the most difficult part of the process. Poorly managed and unsafe halfway houses, home confinement, embarrassing ankle monitors, parole and probation officers who may or may not be kind, dramatic career and financial changes, families in upheaval, loss of old friends and family, etc. This is the time most need to rely on us and our growing community of similarly situated fellow travelers.
White-Collar/Nonviolent Support Groups. We have founded the country’s first confidential online white-collar/ nonviolent support groups. As these support groups are being run by clergy as part of a program of pastoral counseling, we consider them to be confidential and privileged.
Advocacy/Community Building. We are at the forefront of building and advocating for an integrative, supportive community of individuals, families and organizations with white-collar issues who were living in isolation and suffering in silence. We offer opportunities to all to help and lead in this noble endeavor.
Wrap-Around Reentry Services. We have access to and work with some of the best reentry nonprofits in the country, who can provide behavioral services for emotional issues, drug and alcohol counseling, domestic violence, soft-skills training, housing, etc. And many accept Medicaid for approved services.
Pardons, Clemency, Commutation of Sentence. We believe that individuals and families should start focusing on reentry, life after prison and a pardon from the first moment of the process. Certainly not everyone will obtain a pardon, but life will continue to evolve and grow more successfully by engaging in a Culture of Pardons. Each state has its own rules and procedures, as does the Federal government. We work with state and Federal pardons/clemency experts to ensure the best results.
Career Counseling and Placement. Certainly, this is one of the topics that most concerns individuals and families from the outset and throughout their journey. We have assisted many in the daunting process of letting go of the old life, getting into radical acceptance of the new reality, thinking through the endless possibilities, overcoming both internal and external obstacles, and implementing a new career plan. Many employers, who might otherwise not give a felon a second chance, will entertain referrals from clergy. We are working with world renowned executive and outplacement specialists to develop an integrative white-collar career rehabilitation program. Coming soon!
Volunteerism. We have found that service to others is not only the most effective method to grow, evolve and transform, but also gets us out of our own prisons of self. We advise all to obtain meaningful volunteer positions as soon as possible, and help place individuals with charities and nonprofits throughout the country.
United Methodist New York Annual Conference Board of Church and Society presents “I Was in Prison and You…,” Speaker/Panelist, Upcoming 2016
Business Insider, “This is What It’s Like When the 1% go to Jail, According to a Couple That Ministers to Their Families,” , Subject of Article, 2016, http://www.businessinsider.com/jeff-grant-lynn-springer-ministry-helps-white-collar- criminals-2016-7
Unitarian Church in Westport, Westport, CT, Guest Sermon
Huffington Post, “The Spiritual Solution for Re-Entry After Prison,” Video Interview, New York, NY http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jennifer-danielle-crumpton/the-spiritual-solution- fo_b_10345628.html
LoveTalk, WNHH 103.5 FM New Haven CT, Radio Interview, New Haven, CT https://soundcloud.com/new-haven-independent/lovebabz-lovetalk-jeff-grant-6316
First Baptist Church of Bridgeport, Sermon, Bridgeport, NY
Bridgeport Reentry Collaborative, Professional of the Year Award 2016, Bridgeport, CT
Weston Forum, “Former White-Collar Criminal Turns Focus to Spirituality and Helping Others,” Article, Weston, CT http://progressiveprisonproject.blogspot.com/2016/05/the-weston-forum- former-white-collar-criminal-turns-focus-to-spirituality-helping-others-by-gregory-menti- reporter.html
Men of Faith Magazine, “Interview with Jeff Grant,” Cover Story, New York, NY http://progressiveprisonproject.blogspot.com/2016/05/men-of-faith-magazine-cover-story- interview-with-rev-jeff-grant-director-progressive-prison-project-by-hurley-morgan-senior- managing-editor.html
Women Walking By Faith Magazine, “A Chat with Lynn Springer,” Article, New York, NY http://progressiveprisonproject.blogspot.com/2016/05/women-walking-by-faith-magazine-a-chat- with-lynn-springer-may-june-2016-edition.html 2
The Hour, “Ministry Counsels People Who Committed White Collar Crimes,” Subject of Article, Norwalk, CT http://www.thehour.com/news/norwalk/ministry-counsels-people-who-committed- white-collar-crimes/article_9dd3c64b-7ce5-5c76-987f-53fc8cf6db8d.html,
Real Life Real Faith Radio, Radio Interview, New York, NY http://www.blogtalkradio.com/realliferealfaith/2016/05/11/real-life-real-faith-welcomes-rhonda- bolden-and-reverend-jeff-grant
Weston Kiwanis, Speakers, Weston, CT
Weston Forum, “Kiwanis Talk: Aftermath of White-Collar Crime,” Subject of Article, Weston, CT http://www.thewestonforum.com/61422/kiwanis-talk-aftermath-of-white-collar-crime,
Christ & Holy Trinity Church, Good Friday Sermon, Westport, CT
Emanuel Episcopal Church, Sermon, Weston, CT
Inc., “What Successful Entrepreneurs and Successful Criminals Have in Common,” Subject of Article, New York, NY, http://www.inc.com/tim-askew/white-collar-criminality-addiction-and-the- entrepreneur.html,
Greenwich Sentinel, “A Worldly Fall, A Spiritual Ascent,” Subject of Article, Greenwich, CT https://www.greenwichsentinel.com/2016/01/07/the-jeff-grant-story-a-worldly-fall-a-spiritual- ascent/,
The Lisa Wexler Show, WGCH 1490 AM Greenwich CT, Radio Interview, Greenwich, CT https://soundcloud.com/jeff-grant-jd-m-div/lisawexlershowwgch021716,
LoveTalk, WNHH 103.5 FM New Haven CT, Radio Interview, New Haven, CT https://soundcloud.com/new-haven-independent/lovebabz-lovetalk-jeff-grant,
Making Rain, “White-Collar Criminality, Addiction and the Entrepreneur,” Subject of Article, New Rochelle, NY http://www.corporaterain.com/blog/white-collar-criminality-addiction-and-the- entrepreneur,
The Vision, the Newspaper of the New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, “White-Collar Ministry: From Riches-to-Rags-to-Redemption,” Article Author, New York, NY http://www.nyac.com/files/tables/content/3217050/fields/files/e2e8f21ad3f84b2d80abe72d723a 6d0c/2015_12_thevision_high-res.pdf,
Darby & Friends, WGCH 1490 AM Greenwich CT, Radio Interview, Greenwich, CT https://soundcloud.com/jeff-grant-jd-m-div/darbyfriendswgch121515,
Ready For Freedom?, Life After Prison In Connecticut, Speaker, Hartford Library, Hartford, CT http://ct-n.com/ctnplayer.asp?odID=12221,
Bridgeport Reentry Collaborative, Bridgeport Reentry Advocate of the Year Award 2015, Bridgeport, CT
Greenwich Time, “Group Offers Help to Innocent Families,” Subject of Article, Greenwich, CT http://www.greenwichtime.com/printpromotion/article/Group-offers-help-to-innocent-families- of-6205583.php,
The Brick Church Prison Ministry, Presenter, New York, NY
Norfield Congregational Church, Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday Sermon, Weston, CT https://youtu.be/3JL9wyHLs20
We are grateful for all donations this past year to our Ministries. These donations enable us to grow, reach out and serve this community for which there is far too little understanding, compassion, empathy and accurate information. Progressive Prison Ministries, Inc. is a CT Religious Corp. with 501c3 status –
all donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. We hope you will consider making a donation to our appeal this year. Donations can be made by credit card/PayPal here, at the “Donate” button on on our site, prisonist.org or by sending your check payable to: “Progressive Prison Ministries, Inc.” P.O. Box 1232, Weston, Connecticut 06883. We have enclosed an addressed envelope for your use. Thank you.
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