As of the end of April 2013, we are no longer receiving any financial assistance from the Correctional Service of Canada. As a result, more than ever we need your financial support. The loss of Carla Kennedy, our Administrator, means that board members have taken on many of her responsibilities. As I write this I have to say that Carla’s responsibilities were indeed daunting and I must on behalf of the Board of Directors say a big Thank You to Carla for all the work she did for Kingston Community Chaplaincy. You are dearly missed.
Needless to say that when we learned that we no longer had the financial support of CSC, The Board of Directors of Kingston Community Chaplaincy remained undaunted and decided that we would continue the ministry to all of the folks we work with. We count on your prayers and support so that this important ministry will be ongoing to the folks who are in need of our services.
PLEASE, MORE THAN EVER, WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!
Please click here to donate to Kingston Community Chaplaincy through CanadaHelps.org.
The KCC needs volunteers. We invite you to read the following testimonial by Carol Groten
Presently I am serving on the Kingston Community Chaplaincy Board of Directors. (KCC). I became involved with prison ministry in 1987 when a friend asked me to consider becoming a volunteer. I accepted the invitation to visit Kingston Penitentiary and haven’t looked back. The heartfelt appreciation for people from the “street” has kept me involved for 26 years. As is often said about any volunteer work, you receive so much more than you give. My life has been enriched by those who chose to share their stories with me.
I believe that when a person is sentenced to serve time in a correctional facility, it offers the opportunity for rehabilitation and hopefully successful and safe reintegration into society as a productive citizen. This principle or conviction acknowledges the possibility that every person possesses the potential for change, growth, and development. Prison ministry emphasis this process and being part of it is why volunteering has been such a rewarding experience for me.
I have witnessed the positive impact volunteering has on those incarcerated. Over the years I have come to appreciate the qualities that a volunteer requires for this ministry. One needs to be a person of integrity who brings compassion, hope and respect. A volunteer is a good listener with a non-judgemental attitude.
Overall the greatest gift is our presence whether we give of our time within an institution or in the community. I can honestly say that my life has been enriched by the men who chose to share their story with me. I’ll end as I began and that is that-
- That the greatest gift we bring to this ministry is our Presence
- That we need to be people of Integrity
Bringing compassion, hope, kindness, and respect