We love what we’re doing. Over the last twelve years of working in prison and reentry ministry, we’ve gone cell-to-cell talking and listening and praying with inmates, handed out thousands of Bibles, led small groups both inside and out, counseled with those who are struggling, worshipped with them, wrote a book for them (Spiritual Survival Guide for Prison and Beyond), met people upon release, gone with them to court, cooperated with all kinds of service providers, created RED Chicago (a reentry guide for those returning to Chicago), attended workshops and seminars and conferences and networking meetings, and learned an enormous amount from countless people in various state departments of corrections, from volunteers and chaplains and family members.
We’re convinced that most returning citizens are eager for a successful reentry and that many service providers and churches strive to help. And yet everyone struggles mightily. The underlying systemic problem with reentry isn’t that returning citizens or service providers are lazy or uncaring. The problem is that people are disconnected. They’re isolated and invisible. That’s what we want to help fix.
We’re passionate and focused on making connections.
We believe the time is right for a major shift in how we do things. It’s time to break down walls of isolation and invisibility. It’s time to build a growing network and forge new connections. We believe that the creation of a nationwide Inside Out Network is valuable, feasible, and sustainable. This network will be built on a powerful online platform (a) to connect returning citizens with the help they need and (b) to connect those working inside and outside prison with each other.
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Aneel Trivedi - Assistant Program Director.
Aneel is a volunteer chaplain at Stateville Prison in Joliet, Illinois and a student at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa.
He has a BA in Statistics from the University of California, Davis and a Masters in Business from Auburn University.
Aneel has lived and worked in the Chicago area since 2008 and has been a member & leader at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Park Ridge since 2009.
Say hi or ask Aneel a question right here.
HI Fred Nelson – Executive Director. Fred is the lead pastor of Redeemer Church, a multisite congregation in Park Ridge and Chicago, Illinois. A former missionary in Bangladesh and expert in Christian-Muslim relations, Fred has had a long-standing passion to share the Gospel wherever God leads him. He has been involved in prison ministry since 2006, working at Stateville Prison, in Joliet, Illinois. Fred has served at Stateville as a volunteer with Prison Fellowship, has taught the Alpha Course. He regularly leads a growing team of Inside Out Network volunteers to distribute Bibles and pray with inmates. Over the last few years, the team has distributed more than 10,000 bibles. In 2011, he was recognized as Stateville’s volunteer of the year. In 2012, after several years of collaborating with inmates and ex-inmates, Fred published the Spiritual Survival Guide for Prison and Beyond (now in its second edition) in the hope that it might bring hope, practical wisdom, and the light and love of Christ into some dark places. Because of Christ’s call and claim on his life, Fred sees himself fundamentally as a change-agent – an evangelistic agent of Christ’s life-changing hope – to everyone he meets, but especially to those who are feeling hopeless. Say hi or ask Fred a question right here.