Friends Over Fences



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Family Circle Ministries / Friends Over Fences Programs and Results:

    Letter Writing – We believe letter writing serves multiple purposes. 1/ For a long term inmate, we could be the only connection to the outside world.  One warden told us that inmates live their lives vicariously through letters and visits. 2/ Inmate looking to change their reentry world make a connection through letter writing that may help them with their after-prison life. We have almost 150 male and female letter writers past and present who continue to encourage inmates. We always have a backlog of inmates requesting someone to write to them.  If you would like to write to an inmate, please contact and we will find someone for you!

Housing – We work with returning citizens to find suitable housing close to their employment if possible. We have direct supervision of 25 units that we try to fill with ex-offenders. In addition we work with the 3 organizations in Harrisburg that facilitate the DOC housing assistance program to ex-offenders: Gaudenzia House, AMiracle4Sure and The Program.  To date we have directly placed 40 ex-offenders into housing and referred dozens more

House2Home    House2Home – Along with 2 other organizations we maintain a 4,000 sq. ft warehouse where we accept donated / used furniture, appliances, beds/frames, bedding, plates, flatware, kitchen utensils and small appliances that we give to our clients at no cost.  We have helped over 160 individuals and given away $55,000 (used value) worth of goods.

Jewel’s Closet - Located at Grantham Church we maintain a large room with assorted clothing for men, women and children as well as food, some household goods, toiletries and hygiene products that we give to our clients at no cost.  We have helped 650 individuals making up families that are striving for a fresh start.  This also included serving our homeless friends living on the streets of Harrisburg.  We helped three families that lost everything in house fires and several women leaving abusive relationships and seeking shelter and safety for their children.  We have been donated 60 prom dresses and 75 men’s suits, shirts etc which we will offer to local high schools for teens who need outfits.

Donate clothing, toiletries and baby stuff to the closet. Julia is always looking for volunteers to help sort and arrange these items.

Transportation - Using church vans or personal vehicles our volunteers transport men and women to work, appointments, church and volunteer requirements.  We pick up men and women from a local halfway house, friends who have been released as well as homeless individuals. They are taken to our church, Grantham Brethren in Christ Church, for the service and we supply lunch before we take them home.  A 15 passenger van has been donated to us to help with transportation but the unit needs a little work before we can use it.   We are always looking for volunteers to help.

Weekly Support Group every Wednesday Evening at 6:00PM at Grantham Church, 421 Grantham Rd, Grantham PA 17055 (During the college year, a meal is served at 5 and ex-offenders eat free.) 1./ Support for those arrested but not sentenced, the family and friends of those arrested as well as long term support while family members and friends are incarcerated. 2./ Open discussion of needs and concerns of our members 3./ Topics of Interest as related to prison work for discussion 4,/ Advocacy – keeping current on prison and sentencing legislation we need to support etc

Need to talk to someone about your friend or family member headed to prison? Or know someone who need to talk to us?  All are always welcome!

Mentoring – Our members mentor inmates and ex-offenders on a regular basis but when intense mentoring is needed we recommend those individuals to Sound Community Solutions that has developed a Mentoring Program that is being facilitated in SCI’s, CCC’s and Groups within the Community, per the DOC Directives.  We have directly worked with over 100 individuals.

                        Please contact us so we can direct your needs to the best option.

  Another Chance Housing - Our mission is to provide and develop quality affordable housing opportunities for individuals and families while promoting self-sufficiency and neighborhood revitalization.  The need is greater than the available units. 

We currently have been donated 2 houses (Lykens and Williamstown) which need different levels of renovation. A donor has also given $20,000 toward renovation.  Local churches have asked about volunteering to help as well as local contractors who wish to donate their services.

We accept homes and buildings that can be renovated to house ex-offenders and/or their families.  Building materials and financial support always welcomed.

 Our passion is to help inmates and returning citizens with the above services. When you see where you can fit into our passion please contact us.  We can’t do it alone.

Our Meetings

The meeting usually consists of speaker on prison and ex-offender issues and/or a discussion of pertinent topics

We meet every Wednesday evening at Grantham Brethren in Christ Church, 421 Grantham Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 from 6 - 7:30 PM

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Contact Information

Family Circle Ministries - a 501(C) 3
Mailing Address and Main Office
80 Brooklane Court
Elizabethtown, PA 17022

or in Northern Dauphin County
Sharing Center and Satellite Office
105 Main Street
Lykens, PA 17048

Phone: 717-439-0466

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