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Over 15,000 men and women are released from Monroe County jail and into our community each year. Most are destined to commit new crimes and return to incarceration if they are not able to access safe housing in a structured supportive environment. The cost of violence to our community is devastating; the cost of incarceration is astronomical. The Prison Outreach has been interrupting this cycle for nearly 30 years.

The Spiritus Christi Prison Ministry visits women and men who are incarcerated and journeys with them as they re-enter the community. Visitation is accomplished through weekly groups in jail and prison. Once an individual is released, housing, case management, and community outreach are offered as we work to provide a model to the community of effective re-entry.

Spiritus Christi Prison Outreach facilitates weekly visitation groups for approximately 400 women and men per year in the Monroe County Jail and New York State Prison system. In these voluntary groups, men and women engage in the courageous process of facing the issues that led to their incarceration. These relationships serve as a foundation for the incarcerated women and men who move into Jennifer House and Nielsen House.

A weekly community support group, led by Spiritus Christi Prison Outreach staff and volunteers, is available for ex-offenders living within the Rochester community.

At Jennifer House and Nielsen House, the women and men must be willing to live drug- free in a structured environment that promotes personal accountability, and to receive chemical dependency and mental health evaluations, if necessary. Basic needs are provided for homeless women and men such as food, clothing, and shelter. In addition, residents receive twenty-four hour supervision, intensive case management and guidance.

Spiritus Christi Shelter + Care Program

In April 2012, Spiritus Christi Church began to offer permanent housing to men and women who demonstrated an ability to maintain sobriety and work towards accomplishing individual goals that are geared towards economic self-sufficiency.

The Voters Block Community is located at 431 West Main Street in Rochester. There are additional housing units located across the street at the historic and newly-renovated Frederick Douglass Apartments.


There are lots of ways to get involved in our Prison Ministry! You could visit the jail, cook a dinner or bring groceries to one of our homes, donate clothing, or provide transportation to appointments for one of our residents.

For more information on volunteering, please contact:

Women’s Program | Dellenna Harper, MSW


Phone: 585-288-1074

Men’s Program | Wanda Johnson


Phone: 585-328-0801

Email: praiseworshipstyles@yahoo.com

To visit the Prison Ministry website to learn more


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