First, kudos to the La Crosse County Board and all those who worked on the change to the program for inmate phone calls. As described in the La Crosse Tribune, the county will now provide 30 minutes of free phone call time per day for those in the county jail. The parasitic system of contractors profiting from the unfortunate seems never ending. This change is one small step to helping people which will help us all.
We got this note from the local jail ministry:
If you are looking for a way to make a difference this holiday season, please consider giving to the La Crosse Jail Ministry. Our ministry works to connect current and former inmates to one of the faith communities that serve in the La Crosse County Jail. When released, we also provide a group of volunteer mentors (Circles of Support) to help the inmates with the transition to normal life. We also work to provide supplies to them while in the jail or warm clothes upon release.
My role as a chaplain is to manage and facilitate all these community connections. We also want to be there for them when they are feeling hopeless and grieving, either for their loved ones and/or for their actions. When I can help someone find their faith, or when I can offer compassion and a listening ear, I feel blessed to be in this role.
Our ministry could use your support:
First, we and the inmates we serve need your prayers and your good thoughts.
Second, we could use your financial help, as we are currently behind in our donations this year. You can make a tax-deductible donation at lacrossejailministry.org.
Third, our inmates need supplies. You can find a list on our website, or you can contact me for additional ideas.
I wish you peace and blessings this holiday season!
Chaplain Ann Wales