Welcome to HeartBound Ministries’ virtual fundraiser for our Prison Chaplaincy program! Our Chaplaincy program supports and partners with prison chaplains to provide spiritual help, counseling, literacy services, life skills training, parenting classes, and other programs and services for adult and juvenile offenders. HeartBound funds five prison chaplains in youth and adult correctional facilities across Georgia.
The reason for our fundraiser: A major source of funding for HeartBound over the past two years has been a Crowdrise campaign hosted by USA Today’s Gannett Foundation. Last year, donors and their friends raised over $54,0000 for HeartBound through online giving, and HeartBound won an additional $25,000 in bonus grants from Gannett. Our goal is to raise $65,000 to fund chaplains’ salaries and support the programs that these men and women provide.
A little history: HeartBound Ministries was founded in 2003 in response to the state of Georgia announcing that it planned to defund prison chaplains. At the time, Andrea Shelton, president of HeartBound, received a letter from her brother saying, “Tell the church to send the water of life to these men…tell the church to reach out to these men and in turn they will reach out to others.” We had our marching orders and have continued bringing programs and support to those who are incarcerated.
The impact of the donations you make will be multiplied beyond the prison walls. Countless studies show the importance of chaplains for those who are incarcerated, and we have seen their impact first-hand. Please tune into our Facebook and Instagram @heartboundministries from July 13th-July 27th to hear from our chaplains and returned citizens about the impact of chaplaincy in the prison system.
Thank you for supporting HeartBound Ministries!