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September 10, 2014

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October 7, 2013

CIC chaplains and volunteers do great work in helping jail inmates deal with their problems, learn to serve God, and return to productive and law-abiding lives when they are released. The Department o... more

September 10, 2014

As a volunteer leading a Bible study in the men's unit at Elmwood, I see how bad choices have damaged the lives of these men and their family members. It is gratifying to see some of them turn to God for direction in their lives and to seek a church affiliation on their release, to help them keep on the right track as they return to society. They show promise of becoming responsible contributors to society and to their families.
CIC and its chaplains coordinate the work of some 400 volunteers in SC County jail facilities, showing care and concern for these men, women, and youth. Most of them show sincere appreciation for our encouragement and moral support. CIC does an important job!
October 7, 2013

CIC chaplains and volunteers do great work in helping jail inmates deal with their problems, learn to serve God, and return to productive and law-abiding lives when they are released. The Department of Corrections show that they see the value of this by contracting with CIC to coordinate chaplaincy activities of all faiths in the jails, but the DOC funding represents only a fraction of the expense of the salary, benefits and expenses of the chaplaincy team. They need our financial support from individuals and churches to continue this good work, and I encourge generous support.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Add additional chaplains as funding permits.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

June 7, 2009

CIC Chaplains make an important contribution to helping encarcerated youth and adults find new direction for their lives, set their priorities in proper perspective, and become mentally prepared to conduct responsible and productive lives once they are released and begin to integrate back into the community.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Contributing positively to improving the probabilities of successful return of prisoners to the outside. Those who have an active involvement in a church after their release have a much lower rate of recidivism.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue the program and try to expand it.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing the beneficial impact on encarcerated youth.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very dedicated and selfless people who want to serve their God by helping those in need.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Do much more to assist the prison administration in training prisoners for productive lives after release and working to get them trained for employment and placed into productive work after release.

Ways to make it better...

I had spent more time in active volunteer assistance.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Maintaining sufficient financial support and volunteers to work inside with prisoners.

One thing I'd also say is that...

These chaplains are there because they want to serve in a difficult and unpopular environment that many would shun; and it is an humbling experience for each chaplain and volunteer.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

January 20, 2014

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January 20, 2014

I work at the jails and see the positive impact CIC has on the lives of the inmates. The recent art projects that are on display at the County Building at 70 West Hedding Street are a physical example of the way CIC ministers to the hearts of the inmates, helping them understand love, grace and faith.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

November 3, 2013

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Review from Guidestar
November 3, 2013

While in Elmwood womans Correctional Facility an Asian decent Correctional Officer from the Sherrif's Department illegally but a stabbing tool in my eyes , still happening right now, God is stabbing my eyes with paper clips, literaly causing redness. sound unbelievable, he got fired and I need help. It is a God muniotonously stabbing my eyes with a tool, jealously, severely, and leaving me in pain all day long. Iv'e seen private opthemoligists and gone to Govia Zeller and Literal House momentum for mental health for a month each time approxamiatly. This Asian gangbang from a supposed CORRECTIONAL OFFICER IS a civil rights crime and is Cruel and UNUSUAL punishment. Can you help me so I don't go blind? Please ask God the lord to heal my eyes from illegal chant. My spiritual books say to not hold this inside, as the emotional damage is scaring me and the strength day and night to solve this hate crime is to much. Thank you for you kindness Chaplain, as I complained many times and the Correctional Officer isn't with them anymore, as I say this Mr.Nyuen is stabbing my left eye even harder. Yikes, that;s my 5th Amendment righjts violated and he makes me speak the blunt truth , on his God, I would imagine. fro my young 33 years old. I am also a model, from Vogue Magazine, so he's very envious cultural. Be prepared to me every type of human at your Demigods next job. I will never accept this treatment, mutilation is out of style. humanity is a forbidden chant for a county employee. Unethical guy. And harbors racism, Anti-hate campaign from United colors of Benneton preferable for diplomatic relations, without stupid little kid eye tools from some Gods. Hundreds of them I've seen for over a year.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to notice the diplomatic sadness going on at the jail.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

October 7, 2013

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October 7, 2013

When somebody is suspected of a crime, society's traditional solution is to toss the miscreant in jail, where he is expected to "learn his lesson." As far as lessons learned, jail works about 15 percent of the time. In other words, 85 percent of the inmates in the county lockup where either incarcerated before or they will be again.

Jail does not address the troubling issues in an inmate's life. Maybe there is violence or neglect in the home, maybe there is substance or personal abuse, maybe there is gang involvement or chronic unemployment. These and other challenges obscure and misdirect the way an individual views himself and his options.

Correctional Institutions Chaplaincy (CIC), just like her sister organizations in hundreds of other communities, brings the inmates a new way to see themselves and a new direction for their lives. Through non-denominational church services, Bible studies, and one-on-one visits, inmates acquire the motivation and confidence to face their challenges and the courage to make the right choices.

In addition, CIC works with local faith communities to provide for inmates when they are released, with clothing, a safe place to sleep, a decent meal, help getting a job, and help finding a new group of friends with higher standards and open hearts.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase the support coming from the local faith community.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

February 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

I have had the pleasure of serving on the board and volunteering for CIC and it has been one of the most fulfilling areas that I have served in ever. During this time of so many cutbacks it is so important for us to step up to the plate and give in an area that touches each person in California.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Every time I go in and watch our volunteer Chaplains at work.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try and provide bettehr funding for out programs.

February 6, 2009

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February 6, 2009

I have served CIC as both a Board Member and as a volunteer. They offer an affirming ministry of God's love for all God's children. This is a new concept for many of the folks who are incarcerated. I have watched this message change lives as I listen to the stories of the men in chapel, the women in Bible Study and the youth in classes. Not only does this change the lives of the folks inside, but it has changed mine. After working as a volunteer with the chaplains, I have chosen that work as my life work and completed seminary with that goal in mind.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the life changing goals and actions of those who have been ministered to.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

thank all those who make this work possible.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

It's affirming message that we are all loved by God, no matter what and that message of hopes allows us to change.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Awesome and committed.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the world

Ways to make it better...

there were more chaplains to share the work. These folks are always busy, always in demand.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

limited chaplain time and money.

One thing I'd also say is that...

the earnestness of all I have met in this organization is touching and gives it an energy of optimism and hope in the face of so many significant challenges, the challenges of the population served, the economic challenges, the bid process every 2 years for the contract which all could be so demoralizing. But everyone rises to the occasion, every time.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

January 29, 2009

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January 29, 2009

I had the opportunity to go on rounds with one of the CIC Chaplains, and the following are some of my thoughts.'I was moved by the neediness of the inmates. One needed just a ‘moment’ of time, another, just a touch, another, a prayer, another one-one- counseling, and others, just to be seen or heard. I was moved by your ability to discern the needs of each. I thought that I was pretty good at time management, and multi-tasking, and I see that you couldn’t survive without those skills. Being compassionate, and spiritual, are absolute requirements. However, one would become overwhelmed without some practical skills. In just one night, I have a much better appreciation for ‘some’ of the activities performed by a full time CIC Chaplain'.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The services that CIC provides are invaluable. Again, this was ‘just one night’. I was moved by the counseling session with Ricky and trying to ‘follow’ his conversation. In addition to alcohol addiction, attempting to discern what his real needs were, that night. Then we went to the medical area, and you turned in the paperwork, I believe asking for an evaluation? You told them that he was ‘hearing voices’. The Chaplain had planned to distribute books this evening. As we went on rounds, she had the ability to discern and respond to the needs.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Committed, caring, spiritual, practical, talented.

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RPhifer

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

January 5, 2009

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January 5, 2009

I have ministered with CIC for almost 20 years. This work has involved me engaging in one on one ministry, teaching bible study and leading worship services at the S.J. Downtown Jail, Elmwood Jail, Juvenile Hall, James Ranch & the Muriel Wright Center. The opportunity to impact the lives of brothers and sisters who have encountered struggles has been extremely enriching and rewarding. I've found the CIC staff to be loving, caring and dedicated. I would recommend this ministry to any Christian who desires to act on the words of Jesus found in Matthew 25: 34-40.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the lives of men and women when they are released. Many have come to my church in search of a church home and for ongoing support. It has been wonderful to see lives transformed by God's love & grace.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to simplify the clearance process for new volunteers.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The opportunity to and share the love of God while ministering with the youth, men & women who are incarcerated.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, faithfull and loving.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

- Hire more staff - secure more resources/materials for ministry - simplify the clerical complexities - expand the ministry and touch more lives in a more significant way - develop a more sound after care (follow up program)

Ways to make it better...

the clearance process was shorted and simplified.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding and securing more committed volunteers.

One thing I'd also say is that...

the current staff is loving and dedicated.

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Maranatha Christian Center

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

January 3, 2009

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January 3, 2009

I have been volunteering with CIC for 3 and a half years. I volunteer leading a bible study in a unit for violent youth offenders each Tuesday night. The guys who come have made some very bad choices and are open to turning their life around. I recently joined the board of directors. The staff of CIC is very hard working and care greatly for those they are serving.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The staff of CIC is dedicated and caring.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

December 30, 2008

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December 30, 2008

CIC not only provides vital services to all people that find themselves in the correctional system in Santa Clara County, it also gives those of us that volunteer the unique opportunity to live out the mandate from Matthew 35:36 “I was in prison and you visited me.” My Christian life and walk with Christ was changed forever after my first visit in the system. Bruce Friesen Board Chair and volunteer Chaplain

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The changed lives of those that we see.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

We are seeking more help and more money.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the hands on work.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

people that I hold in the highest of regards.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help reduce the numbers of those returning to the system.

Ways to make it better...

...my experiance has been great!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the rising number of people in the system.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Don’t let your fears or doubts keep you from receiving the blessings that come from involvement in CIC.

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Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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