Arise Collective’s prison and reentry chaplaincy programs and services provide women with opportunities to meet their spiritual and religious needs, as well as receive trauma-informed training and care, as they begin to heal from the wounds of the past.
women in prison served on 1,648+ occasions
women in reentry served on 235+ occasions
Arise Collective’s prison Chaplain meets the religious, spiritual, and pastoral needs of the women who reside at the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women (NCCIW), alongside a team of state-funded chaplains.
In addition to offering religious worship and sacred scriptural studies across 16 state-recognized faith groups, we continue to find new and innovative ways to engage women in opportunities to heal wounds of the past and move forward in healthy ways. We currently offer self-study curricula and increasingly, as the prison reopens, groups with the support and resources of community volunteers trained through the prison.
Arise Collective also partners with Duke Divinity, the DPS and the School for Conversion in offering Project TURN (Transform, Unlock, ReNew), which creates a learning environment in which incarcerated men and women and students from outside prisons can learn alongside one another as classmates. These graduate-level classes balance academic training and personal spiritual development to offer a unique experience in which diverse students stretch their boundaries and enlarge their imaginations. To date, 10 women have successfully graduated with Duke Divinity School’s “Certificate of Achievement in Theological Education” as a result of having taken eight classes through this program.
Our trained clinical Community Chaplain is a vital part of the reentry team, providing a unique perspective in our overall holistic care model by seeking to meet the spiritual/emotional care needs of each woman.
Through a ministry of presence that includes pastoral care, one-on-one conversations, expressive arts projects and more, women are invited into moments of sharing stories and talking about life as they build trust and confidence in themselves.
Pastoral care is the cornerstone of chaplaincy work even outside the prison, and these one-on-ones allow women to unburden themselves and disclose their spiritual and emotional care needs in a safe setting. Arts and crafts projects and gardening are other entry points into safety, trust and confidence-building, inviting women into moments of sharing stories and talking about life — past, present, and future. Trauma-informed and evidence-based groups such as a garden therapy program and a grief group arose from just these kinds of conversations.