"When was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?" was a question posed to Jesus in Matthew's Gospel, and it is one all of us can ponder. Our country's incarceration rate is the highest in the world with over 0.7% of the population behind bars. Even though many are justly imprisoned, we can follow Jesus' mandate to care for them and their families.
Members and friends of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church responded in Spring 2014 by supporting the LSSI Story Book Project and by donating, sorting, and shipping 18 boxes (approximately 800 books) to Stateville Correctional Center for men in Joliet and Fox Valley Adult Transition Center for women in Aurora. In May 2015 Holy Trinity collected and distributed 29 boxes of used books to Stateville and Fox Valley, and added the Hospice program at Dixon Correctional. In 2016, 30 boxes (over 1000 books weighing 900 pounds) went to these three institutions.
In order to increase awareness of criminal justices issues and of our Prison Book Ministry, Holy Trinity sponsored an informational booth at the Printers' Row Lit Fest in June 2014, 2015, and 2016.
Explore this page for ways to help in the future.