Prison Action Committee

CCU’s oldest ministry, the Prison Action Committee (PAC), serves as a voice for those incarcerated and coordinates both staff and volunteer pastoral care for inmates at area prisons. PAC is tasked with funding 25% of the Associate Chaplain’s position at the Dauphin County Prison.

PAC meets monthly, on the second Thursday at 8:00 a.m., at the Dodge City Restaurant on Paxton Street, Harrisburg.

Community Connections 

For the past nearly ten years the Prison Action Committee has coordinated monthly breakfasts at community churches for the men and women in work release and prison transition programs. Churches are needed!

Each month a different church provides breakfast and an inspirational speaker. This is a person who has gone through the same experiences and is working to overcome through a faith journey. Please contact the CCU office to schedule a breakfast.

Chaplaincy

CCU supports an Associate Chaplain who provides spiritual guidance and assistance for male and female inmates at Dauphin County Prison. He works with volunteer groups and provides pastoral contacts to more than 100 inmates a month, counsels inmates one-on-one, provides chapel talks, works with volunteers, and speaks in the community about prison ministry. He also chairs the mentor support group that meets monthly and attends there-entry breakfasts when he can.

Dauphin County provides 75% of costs for the Associate Chaplain.

Parish Development

Pat Paxton has been working through a grant from the United Methodist Conference to keep inmates connected with churches. She calls pastors and other designated visitors that have been named by inmates as their spiritual contact. Pat is the director of Lighthouse Ministries transitional housing for women.

Mentor Support Sessions 

After discussing the development of mentoring programs for years, prison ministry has finally moved forward on this. Mentors are trained through Prison Fellowship and then connected with inmates while they are still incarcerated. It is a slow, often painful, process. The Mentor support sessions are necessary and helpful. This has been a major step for the ministry and we hope to nurture and “grow it” slowly but surely. If you would like a training for your church, please contact Carolyn Pertusio at 838-5820.

Work Release Worship Services

Every Sunday afternoon at 4:00pm a different church provides the worship service at CCU. About 30-25 men and women, often their families as well, come together for an ecumenical worship. Churches are always needed to provide the services. This is a most worthwhile activity. Please consider helping out.

ReEntryBreakfast

Churches in our community welcome pre-release inmates on a Saturday morning once per month to eat breakfast and hear a message of hope.

We have just completed another successful year of coordinating with churches to provide an opportunity for inmates to re-connect to the community, especially churches.

Prison Ministry