Correctional Institutions Chaplaincy

A Ministry of Love

The primary mission of CIC Ministries is to respond to the individual spiritual needs of incarcerated youth and adults in Santa Clara, County, CA and present the good news of God's love and forgiveness. As people respond to those messages of faith, they can experience lives of purpose and hope.

Training Events

3,500 men and women are incarcerated in Santa Clara County jails on any day. The average inmate's stay is six months, with some staying 8 - 10 years.

To serve their spiritual needs, CIC Ministries trains teams of volunteers to conduct Bible studies, group classes, worship services, and one-on-one pastoral counseling inside county jails. Join more than 300 volunteers from across the Bay Area who volunteer in jail.

Nov. 5 2017 "Going In, Staying In" seminar

  • Introduction to Jail Ministry; open to the public. Review our General Volunteer Manual.
  • Designing Worship Services for Jail; "Intro to Jail Ministry" is a prerequisite.

Classes are free (a donation is taken up).

Sunday, November 5, 2017

1:30 - 3:30 pm, "Going In, Staying In" Jail Ministry Training

Comunidad Cristiana de San Jose, 2371 Ringwood Ave, San Jose, CA 95131

Sunday, Janurary 21, 2018

1:30 - 3:30 pm, "Going In, Staying In" Jail Ministry Training

First Congregational Church of Palo Alto, 1985 Louis Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303

Inmate writing: 'Spiritual Writings'

This first edition of Spiritual Writing (PDF) was written by graduates of the Spiritual Writings Class of Elmwood Jail, taught by a team of volunteers from St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, led by Facility Chaplain Rev. Liz Milner. The class is held weekly in a medium-security unit.

Inmate art: 'Metamorphosis'

The black and white butterflies were formed by women at Elmwood Jail in Milpitas, CA from the pages of the California Penal Code.

Consider what the Penal Code would mean to an inmate; and imagine what it felt like for the women to fold and transform the symbol of their present circumstances into something different. The dark butterflies in the mix demonstrate the feelings of the helplessness and isolation that being locked up can cause.

Butterflies can represent so much more than a symbol; hope for transformation is very important for those incarcerated. In creating this striking work of art, it was evident it was not just the white butterflies that were transformed.

This artwork was created through CIC's Art and Spirit Program, founded by a team of volunteers from Campbell United Methodist Church.

CIC Ministries is a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Donations are tax-deductible. Please send checks to CIC Ministries, PO Box 360068, Milpitas CA 95036

Faith-building is recognized by all as a powerful factor in rehabilitation, restoration, reconciliation and reentry into our community. Thank you for supporting jail ministry.

©2017 Correctional Institutions Chaplaincy of Santa Clara County, Inc.