Spiritual Life Center
SPIRITUAL LIFE CENTER: Preparing for Life
Many criminal offenders have multiple addictions to alcohol and/or other drugs, weak problem-solving and self-management skills, poor parenting skills, and low self-esteem. Offenders have also typically established poor priorities in life and are involved in dysfunctional relationships. Faith communities can play a significant role in the lives of inmates by providing hope, compassion, and helping them to understand and internalize ultimate issues.
Why a Spiritual Life Center is needed and the benefits it offers:
ECF has constructed a freestanding Spiritual Life Center (SLC) with approximately 9,167 square feet of floor space. The design incorporates six classrooms, an audio/video/book library, two Chaplain offices and a sanctuary that accommodates up to 300 people. The building project was accomplished primarily through the efforts of volunteers and facility staff using inmate labor. Project funding has come exclusively from donations received from individuals, corporations and grants from pirvate foundations. Other funding has come through the inmates who have sold craft items, made Jaycee's donations and made tithes.
Rational for Expanding Religious Programming/Facilities
Current and Planned Religious Programming
Strategic Fundraising and Programming Plan
Utilization of Donations & Volunteer Services
Building & Equipment Updates: Funding continues to be needed to update the building, furniture and electronic equipment used to provide classes and programming in the SLC.
Library Updates: Monetary and material donations help keep the library inventory current with new release books, videos, audio tapes, etc.
Transportation Costs: Funding is needed for costs associated with transporting minimum-custody inmates for drama, music and testimony presentations in churches, schools and other community venues. For more information or to schedule a date, please contact Chaplaincy at the enclosed phone number.
Concerts & Seminars: Funding and Volunteers are needed to enlist quality outside groups to minister inside the prison.
Craft/Gift Shop Materials: Donations of cloth, wood, limestone rock and tools are needed for the inmates to manufacture crafts for Tender Thoughts Gift Shop.
If you would like to make a monetary donation, please send to:
ECF Spiritual Life Center Fund
P.O. Box 107
Ellsworth, KS 67439
All donations are tax deductible per Internal Revenue Service Code, Section 170.
The Spiritual Life Center
- Serves as a symbol of hope.
- Provides sufficient space for inmates to worship, engage in quiet or classroom study, participate in one-on-one counseling, and take part in various religious programs/activities facilitated by staff and volunteers.
- Provides sufficient space to accommodate outside prison ministries, special music programs, plays, and a prison choir.
- Provides creative values-based programs designed to: explore and address spiritual needs and the root causes of problems, foster responsible thinking, promote accountable behavior, enhance personal and family relationships, heighten victim awareness, and address criminal thinking patterns.
- Facilitates programming opportunities for victim-inmate reconciliation.
- Provides a sufficient library with video and audio resources; the latest books, commentaries, magazines, and periodicals; greeting card distribution, children’s books for the Papa Teller program; and Tender Thoughts Gift Shop.
- Provides great opportunities to create and capture teachable moments.
- Expands community volunteer accessibility
How You Can Assist With the SLC Campaign:
Provide gifts-in-kind, e.g. materials, equipment, etc.
Pledge or give a cash gift
Donate specialized services
Serve as a prayer partner
Serve as a Volunteer to teach a class, one-on-onementoring, etc.
- Lead the Choir
- Develop grant funding proposals
Promote prison ministry in churches
Promote the SLC by speaking at civic clubs/service organizations
Network with businesses to promote the project
We Make A Living By What We Get;
We Make A Life By What We Give.
VOLUNTEER SERVICE APPLICATION
City, State, Zip
Home Phone Work Phone
“Government cannot fill the spiritual well from which we draw day to day, only faith can do that.”
Former President George W. Bush
For more information, contact:
Herbie Harris & Dale Bailey, Chaplains
Ellsworth Correctional Facility
PO Box 107
1607 State Street
Ellsworth, KS 67439
x 46213 (Herbie Harris, Chaplain)
x46214 (Dale Bailey, Chaplian)
Return completed Service Application form to Chaplains Harris or Dale Bailey.