Human Dignity and Solidarity

If your loved one has been arrested, or if you have recently been released from jail or prison, and you need support, call us at 773.247.0070.
Si usted o un ser querido ha sido arrestado, o si ha salido recientemente de la cárcel o la prisión, y necesita apoyo, llamenos al 773.247.0070.

“I was in jail and you visited me.”

This Gospel mandate compels all followers of Jesus to serve those who are incarcerated. While volunteer opportunities are unique during this time of pandemic, the need is as great as ever for individuals and parishes to join in the mission of Kolbe House. Read more about Kolbe House’s ministry during the pandemic in Chicago Catholic.

We would love to explore how your gifts, time and interest can best serve our needs. Connect with us today by filling out a volunteer application. Our current needs include:

Jail Ministry
Jail visit ministry has been suspended for most of the past year, but we anticipate a move toward welcoming volunteers back into Cook County jail soon. When that time comes, we will be in need of volunteers to walk a journey of faith with men and women in jail. We would love to connect with you now so that we can be ready when the doors are opened.

Re-Entry Ministry
We are seeking volunteers who can commit to a weekly schedule of at least one half-day per week to serve men and women coming out of jail or prison. This work may involve a combination of on-site and remote ministry in accordance with the current state, local and Archdiocesan guidelines.

Lent, Letter-Writing, Parish, Family, and More
Fill out a volunteer form at the link above to explore additional areas for ministry. Looking for a Lenten practice for you or your parish? Contact Emily at [email protected] for information about prayer partners, care packages, and special events during Lent.

Most Needed Wish List Items

  • New women's undergarments all sizes
  • Men's boxers/briefs sizes Medium, Large, and 3XL
  • Men's white t-shirts sizes Small, Large, and 2XL

See the full Wish List here.

You can also donate items to us through Amazon by shopping our list.
Click here for more information.

Information for Jail Volunteers

Access the Post-visit Report Form here.

Access the Post-Call Report Form here.

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To receive reminders via text, please text "Kolbe" to 84576 to sign up. Para recibir mensajes de texto cuando tenemos un evento, mande "Kolbe" al 202.765.3441.

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