Connections Programs, Photo: Jo Ann Dollard

Connections Programs

Through Connections, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) provides services and programs for incarcerated mothers and their families.

  • Visits to Mom provides approximately 500 visits annually for Chicago children to keep in touch with mothers during their incarceration. Free bus transportation is available to Decatur, Greenville, Lincoln and Pekin Correctional Centers. Volunteer drivers provide transportation from the Chicago area to prisons at Dwight and Kankakee Correctional Centers.

  • Relatives As Parents Program (RAPP) is a support group for caregivers who accompany children visiting parents at the Decatur and Lincoln Correctional Centers. While children visit their parents, caregivers meet for support and informative meetings. Some follow-up services are available in Chicago.

  • Re-entry Services are provided to women who have left prison and are newly returning to the Chicago area or for women who have been out of prison for a while and are still in need of services. Connections staff members conduct in-prison orientation sessions, as well as individual support, anger management and therapy sessions for ex-offenders. The Connections program links formerly incarcerated women to community resources, such as food pantries, job-training programs and substance abuse treatment services.

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