The Salvation Army offers a variety of correctional services to assist incarcerated men and women, those in transition from prison to the community and troubled youth. These include Bible correspondence courses, a transportation program to help families visit incarcerated relatives, a Christmas gift program for children of the incarcerated and chaplaincy services.
Correctional Services Volunteers are needed!
- Help us with worship services held at prisons on weekends.
- Travel with us during December as we make Christmas visits.
- Grade and log correspondence course work.
- Process and mail Certificates of Completion.
- Assist with administrative and clerical tasks.
If you would like to volunteer please contact our Correctional Services Department at 214-956-6278.
Bible Correspondence Courses
One of the most life-changing services we offer is our Bible correspondence courses. In more than 100 prisons across Texas where these courses are available, we often see men and women led to Christ as a direct result of what they learn. To date, more than 90,000 inmates have participated in this program.The students begin by working through an elementary series of courses covering the basics of Christianity. The courses are meant to familiarize the students with the Bible and to promote a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The intermediate and advanced series are available to those students who wish to study more in-depth topics and materials. Volunteers assist us in enrolling new students, grading papers, logging results, and responding to the students.
Upon satisfactory completion the student is presented with a Certificate of Completion. This ministry continues to grow each year as we bring our courses to more prisons.
Sunday Worship Services
The Salvation Army Correctional Department staff, Officers and volunteers visit as many of the state prisons as possible throughout the year to conduct Sunday Worship services. In addition to ministering to those who are incarcerated it is also our privilege to provide support and assistance to the Prison Chaplains, guards and staff.
Every Christmas season, thousands of inmates fill out Christmas assistance applications on behalf of their families. These applications are sent to The Salvation Army office closest to where the family lives, even if the family resides in another state. The local Salvation Army is then able to help with food, clothing, toys for their children and other holiday needs.
The Salvation Army works closely throughout the year with the Texas Department of Correction Chaplains and we honor that relationship each Christmas by giving them a special gift of thanks and friendship.
Each Christmas season Salvation Army staff travels to different prisons to deliver candy bags and Christmas cards often donated and packed by our dedicated volunteers. Last year we handed out more than 19,000 bags.