Fresh Start Ministries
The mission of Fresh Start Jail Ministries is to provide Spiritual and Emotional care to all inmates, their families and friends, and the staff members of the Linn County Correctional and Juvenile Centers.
Two Chaplains uniquely gifted for Corrections mMinistry, a volunteer coordinator and dozens of volunteers work together with Corrections Officials and Administrators to provide this important service.
A Comprehensive Effort
The Chaplains offer personal, private and confidential counseling for individuals incarcerated in the Linn County Correctional Center (County Jail) and the Linn County Juvenile Detention Center. They also provide support and counseling to the staff of the Linn County Corrections systems.
This ecumenical program is focused on the needs of the individual. Weekly worship services are also provided at the Correctional Center and at the Juvenile Detention Center.
“There is no way I could ever express my gratitude for what you have done and are doing for my daughter…I realize you are working for God, but you could have said no…you didn’t.”
“I just want to thank you for helping my son through everything that has happened to him and for helping him to find God.”
“You’re needed where you’re at because I bet there will be another like me and you got to be around…I won’t be back in that jail again.”
“I want to thank you for your prayers, your love and caring hearts. I want to thank you for the books you gave me. They brought me great joy during these hard timed in here…I am not only a clean and sober person, but one who has changed…one who wants to add to the community, not take away anymore from it.”
“I thank the Lord for each and every one of you! I’ve come a long way in the past year and despite being locked up and on my way to prison, I feel freer that I have in years!”
Deacon Bill Hickson
Sr. Emily Devine, RSM
Officers of the Board:
President: Rev. Dr. Damian Epps
Vice-President: Kim McIrvin
Secretary: Jeff Scherrman
Treasurer: Deacon Frank Easton
Fresh Start Jail Ministries
PO Box 1322
Cedar Rapids, IA 52406-1322