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After Release

After Release – Jail Ministry Aftercare Program

 “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you
will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven.” Luke 6:37

Men and women who have been or are being released from a correctional facility face many challenges.  Many have lost their jobs, their family, their friends, their homes, and their self-esteem.  The reality is that now these men and women need help more than ever.  There are several good reasons to assist these individuals.  Spiritually, they need a time and a place to explore their faith and find a place with God.  Socially, these men and women need friends and mentors to help them rebuild their lives.  Economically, it would certainly be best if these individuals become productive members of society as soon as possible. They need a job.

Aftercare Services

The Aftercare Program is designed to provide assistance to those recently released from a correctional facility or to those with an incarceration history within the last 2 years.  The assistance provided is varied but is intended to be more immediate and temporary as opposed to long range help.

How to Get Help
Jail Ministry Help Desk: 262-547-2726
Location: 818 W. Sunset Dr. (Entrance inside lobby of the Waukesha Thrift Store)
Hours: Monday, Wednesday–Friday, 9am – 12pm; 1pm - 4pm  (hours may vary slightly – call ahead)
          Tuesday, 9am - 1pm

* Walk-ins welcome

On-going Group Support

St. Dismas Jail Ministry provides a men’s group and a women’s group that offers continued support in a prayerful and healing environment.

Men’s Aftercare Group ~ Hope Upon Release

​​Hope Upon Release provides aftercare to recently released men with one-on-one mentoring support and encouragement to help them through the process of rebuilding their lives. Each week the group gathers and team’s male mentors with male participants offering Christian teachings, prayer and reflection. Discussions may include job resources, personal finance, health and personal development. Social events are also planned throughout the year.

To learn more contact: 262-547-2726 or Email

Women’s Aftercare Group ~ Joyful Souls Arising

Women from the St. Dismas Ministry meet weekly with women ex-offenders in a Christ-centered environment to develop healthy relationships and create a feeling of acceptance in the community. Activities may include drawing, painting, glamour night, women’s health, banking tips, volunteering, etc. The group shares in fun, snacks and fellowship while learning about God.

Location: Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, 2016 Center Road, Waukesha (corner of Center Road and Hwy. 59-Les Paul Parkway)
Friday evenings: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Call if you need a ride: 262-506-8366
To learn more contact: 262-547-2726 or Email


The Women of Block 12


For a look into the lives of several female inmates, read The Women of Block 12 by Linda Pischke, a Vincentian in the St. Dismas Jail Ministry.  This compelling book talks about the Jail Ministry of St. Vincent de Paul Waukesha County, and provides personal narratives of eleven inmates.  The book offers insights into their troubled lives and will leave you with a feeling of unrest.