The Lancaster County RMO is pleased to offer these resources for Healing Communities congregations as you work toward the restoration and healing of persons who have been affected by crime, whether as victims of crime or surviving family members of victims, defendants, prisoners, people coming home from prison ("returning citizens") or their family members.
RESOURCES FOR STUDY, WORSHIP AND ACTION IN HEALING COMMUNITIES CONGREGATIONS
* Take One Small Step (TOSS) - a brochure containing dozens of ideas for specific, tangible, practical ways a Healing Communities congregation can help prisoners, victims, returning citizens and families - created by the Criminal Justice System (CJS) Ministry of the Lower Susquehanna Synod of the ELCA
* Pew cards for a Healing Communities congregation to offer help and support to members impacted by the criminal justice system - these pew cards provide a safe, confidential way for congregation members impacted by the criminal justice system to request prayer, resources and other assistance without the shame and stigma of making their situation known publicly; this idea was developed by St Matthews United Methodist Church of Valley Forge, PA and they invite other congregations to adapt and customize this idea for their own congregation
* A BIBLIOGRAPHY of books, DVDs, published reports and other materials to educate yourself and members of your congregation about a variety of issues and topics related to the criminal justice system
There are many publications on the Healing Communities USA website that may be of interest - see
There are 3 versions of the Healing Communities curriculum and toolkit:
* INTERFAITH HEALING COMMUNITIES GUIDE: Balancing Justice With Mercy: An Interfaith Guide for Creating Healing Communities
* INTERDENOMINATIONAL (CHRISTIAN) HEALING COMMUNITIES GUIDE: What Shall We Then Do?
* CHRISTIAN/SCRIPTURALLY ROOTED "FAMILY FREEDOM" HEALING COMMUNITIES GUIDE: What Shall We Then Do? A Family Freedom Kit
GENERAL RESOURCES FOR ALL INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES:
Self Sufficiency Reference Guide: a guide to Lancaster County social service agencies, supportive services, free community meals, and other resources that can be helpful to individuals and families in the areas of housing, transportation, financial matters, parenting, health care, mental health, food, clothing, employment, education and other areas. Published in partnership with United Way of Lancaster County
RESOURCES FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN VICTIMS OF CRIME:
For Healing Communities instructors: