Transformative communities

promote spiritual growth and healing

We at CIC Ministries look to create transforming communities, both within the jails and outside, that share God’s love and generate hope for redemption, reconciliation, and peace.

These were our major community-building events of Spring 2018:

Chaplain Angel Hernandez represented CIC Ministries on a discussion panel that explored “Ways to Engage Churches to Join Correctional Ministries,” at a church leaders’ summit in early March conducted by the Correctional Ministries and Chaplaincy Association in Wheaton, IL.

During Holy Week, four dozen volunteers from churches across Santa Clara County brought Easter Communion to 2,380 inmates, conducting a total of 56 worship services. Juvenile Hall’s All-Facility Easter Service was open to both boys and girls (a rare occurrence).

Chaplain Liz Milner delivered a sermon for the Social Justice week of “Faith Promise Month” April 15 at Crosswalk Community Church in Sunnyvale. Her sermon, “Only a Suffering God Can Help,” (linked here) is archived on

130 people came to see Rev. Nellie Lee speak about what inmates can do to plan for life after jail, at CIC’s April 22 Going-In, Staying-In jail ministry seminar, hosted by Antioch Baptist Church in downtown San Jose.

Of those, 38 applied to volunteer in jail ministry for the first time.

During Menlo Church's “Serve Your City” event April 28, Saratoga families, led by CIC Treasurer Bill Gott and his wife Betty Gott, prepared 400 Mother’s Day cards for inmates in Main Jail and the Women’s Jail, prepared materials for a vision-board art project at Juvenile Hall, and conducted a clothing drive for the jail, donating two van-loads of clothes for men and women to wear on their return home.

Two women’s groups invited CIC to speak at their meetings in late April and early May: Rev Liz Milner visited Christ Community Church of Milpitas, and Intern Beverley Boxill-German, a seminarian, visited Los Altos United Methodist Church.

Living, working and worshiping in community promotes spiritual growth and healing. We would love to visit your church, business, or community organization to share our stories.

Please contact Chaplain Liz Milner ( to schedule a visit.

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 successful reentry into our community. Thank you for supporting jail ministry.

Inmate artwork: "More than Stripes"

Created by inmates through CIC's Art and Spirit ministry team, 2013