JUST employs seven full time staff members and manages more than 125 volunteers to carry out its mission. Volunteers teach spiritual worship, educational, addictions, behavioral and life skills. JUST’s two chaplains provides spiritual assistance to those who seek it. See our programs below:
Staff Chaplains, and spiritual volunteers serve the inmates of the DuPage County Correctional Facility by providing spiritual/emotional support and innovative programming. Spiritual programming provides a crucial component to well-being, personal growth and transformation. An important goal in providing spiritual interventions is to equip, prepare and encourage ongoing spiritual growth upon returning to the community.
Worship services and Bible studies are also provided for inmates who desire to attend. These classes are the most popular which assists well in their recovery. Our programs help prepare those incarcerated to be part of a church, fellowship or even the comfort from a newfound relationship with God, when they return to their community.
Classes and worship include:
Christian Worship, Catholic Worship, Spanish Catholic Worship, Islamic Worship, Protestant Worship, Holy Mass, Bible Studies (incl. Gospel of John, Living In God's Kingdom, Purpose Driven Life), Enneagram, Intro to Meditation and Confessions.
More than 70% of our inmates are incarcerated as a result of their addiction. JUST Addiction Staff and volunteers offer a wide variety of individual counseling, addiction education, and self-help groups. JUST Certified Addictions Counselors also provide individual addiction counseling to develop behavioral goals, learn coping skills, and build a sober/healthy support network. Our addiction services help inmates develop a solid foundation for recovery that they can continue to build upon after leaving teh facility.
Addiction Recovery classes and meetings include the following:
Twelve Steps: AA, Spanish AA, Heroin Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Gambling Anonymous.
Recovery Classes: Smart Recovery, Celebrate Recovery, Relapse Prevention, Codependency, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
Educational offerings are aimed at personal development including Anger Management, Decision Making and GED. Educational staff and volunteers serve to meet individuals education and vocational goals through training, classes and individual tutoring. In addition, we have certificate based vocational training programs to prepare for the workforce including welding, custodial maintenance and construction.
Education and vocational classes and services include the following:
Anger management, Parenting, Decision Making, Building Confidence, Criminal Thinking, GED preparation, Intro to Computers, Health Education, Horticulture, Custodial, Welding, Painting & Construction.
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: