Kairos Outside: support for families

 

Spouses, parents and relatives of the incarcerated often “do time” right along with their loved ones. It is important for them to know that they are not alone and that there is a Christian community that cares. Kairos Outside is designed to support the families of incarcerated men, women and juveniles.

 

Any adult female family member (over 18) whose life has been impacted by the incarceration of a loved one is eligible to attend a Kairos Outside weekend. Women who have been previously incarcerated are also welcome.

 

The goals of Kairos Outside are:

 

> To provide a safe place

> To offer unconditional love and acceptance in a Christian setting

> To encourage the sharing of life's journey

> To foster spiritual growth

> To promote participation in support groups

> To create an opportunity for a relationship with God

As with all Kairos programs, volunteers are screened and trained. The Kairos Outside program begins with a three-day weekend similar to the Kairos Inside retreat, but lifting up the issues faced by families and friends of those in prison. The weekend is interspersed with music, prayer, fun activities, and general pampering. As with all Kairos programs, the weekend is Christian in nature, although no religious affiliation is required to attend.

 

After the weekend, the women journey together through Reunion meetings where they encourage each other. This community end the stigma and isolation women feel when a loved one is in prison.

Contact persons:   Northern Illinois - Norm Reuter      Central and Southern Illinois: Duane Weeks

Kairos of Illinois, P.O. Box 574, Bloomingdale, IL 60108

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