Programs Overview

JUST employs four full-time staff members and enlists more than 100 volunteers to carry out its work. Volunteers teach computer skills, English as a second language, relapse prevention, and parenting classes. JUST also offers spiritual assistance to inmates who ask for it. See a full listing of our programs below:

Spiritual Enrichment

Staff and volunteer chaplains serve the inmates of the DuPage County Jail by working to meet their spiritual needs. This is a ministry of one-on-one listening, prayer, and care-giving. For many inmates, the level of fear, confusion, and personal disappointment they face is high. Many take comfort in the guidance provided by a chaplain’s compassionate care.

Worship services and Bible studies are also provided for inmates who desire to attend. In our Wednesday mens service, we have ushers, readers, and video worship music. Corporate prayer was introduced as well. Our programs help prepare those incarcarated to be part of a church community and fellowship when they get out.

Addiction Recovery

Studies show that a majority of inmates are incarcerated as a direct or indirect result of addiction. JUST staff and volunteers offer a variety of addiction recovery classes and meetings to address this need, including:

- Addiction Education/Introduction to 12 Steps

- Cocaine Anonymous

- Narcotics Anonymous

- Relapse Prevention

Education and Life Skills

We offer a range of classes that help inmates grow in their life skills and educational capabilities:

- Parenting

- Anger Management

- Decision Making

- English as a Second Language (ESL) taught by College of DuPage instructors

- Literacy Tutoring in partnership with Literacy DuPage

- Introductory classes in computer skills, job readiness, and basic financial planning

- Health Empowerment

Social Services

The staff of JUST provides a range of social services to address inmates’ most basic and practical needs. Here are some of the ways we provide social services to inmates in the DuPage County Jail:

- Offering one-on-one support

- Providing information and referrals to community resources that are needed after release


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