Prison Ministry

Soaring Inmates Helping Inmates:  A combined effort to break the cycle of poverty and imprisonment in our Diocese.

"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.  Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."

Poverty Services an agency of Catholic Charities of Southern Illinois, Diocese of Belleville Illinois through the leadership of Michael Schuette has developed the Soaring Inmates Helping Inmates program.  This inmate literacy program was initiated over 10 years ago in the IDOC Centralia Correctional Center and later in Big Muddy Correctional.  Soaring Inmates Helping Inmates encourages literate inmates to tutor reading impaired inmate students while in prison.  Inmate students quickly realize they can learn to read and thereby break their cycle of poverty by being able to apply for jobs and continue to learn new skills.  The inmate tutor also gains confidence and the realization they can significantly help others. This is a win-win situation.

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Prison Ministry Resources

These resources (and many more) can be found on the Diocese of Belleville-Prison Ministry Website