Prisoners or Patients? Task Force

Prisoners or Patients? is a group of volunteers who come together to discuss issues around when the criminal justice and mental health systems connect.  The group is made up of members of The Basilica’s Mental Health Ministry, its Voices of Justice Ministry, and the larger Twin Cities community.  The committee has worked in partnership with NAMI-MN, Minnesota DHS, Hennepin Healthcare, Minnesota State Legislators, Amicus, Minneapolis College, and other organizations. Begun in 2017, this task force has provided educational programming, advocacy efforts, and resource development for the parish and the community at large. 

In late 2019, Prisoners or Patients was charged with developing a mentor program for those leaving prison with mental health concerns.  The Prisoners or Patients Mentorship Program will link mentors of The Basilica of Saint Mary in partnership with re-entering citizens identified by either the Minnesota Department of Corrections or Hennepin County Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation. The trained mentors will accompany the participants re-entering the community, who are struggling with mental health challenges, and who have expressed a desire for a spiritual connection.  These mentors will walk with the participants and help them access resources that will decrease their isolation and assist them as they re-engage and re-connect within the community.  The pilot of this mentorship program is slated for fall of 2021. 

Monthly meetings currently take place on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 1:00-2:30 pm.  For more information, contact Janet Grove.

 

Upcoming Events

Pathways 2021
Feb 2
2023
Thursday
at
6:00 PM
You can make a positive change in your life!In just 10 sessions with Pathways Faith Based Life Skills classes, you’ll learn valuable skills that help you embrace the power of change...
SVdP Shoes Outreach
Feb 4 to Feb 5
2023
Saturday
at
(All day)
Help us Shoe Away HungerOn the weekends of February 4/5, 11/12 and 18/19 help us “Shoe Away Hunger” and donate your gently used shoes and boots to the local non-profit organization,...
Pathways 2021
Feb 9
2023
Thursday
at
6:00 PM
You can make a positive change in your life!In just 10 sessions with Pathways Faith Based Life Skills classes, you’ll learn valuable skills that help you embrace the power of change...
SVdP Shoes Outreach
Feb 11 to Feb 12
2023
Saturday
at
(All day)
Help us Shoe Away HungerOn the weekends of February 4/5, 11/12 and 18/19 help us “Shoe Away Hunger” and donate your gently used shoes and boots to the local non-profit organization,...
Pathways 2021
Feb 16
2023
Thursday
at
6:00 PM
You can make a positive change in your life!In just 10 sessions with Pathways Faith Based Life Skills classes, you’ll learn valuable skills that help you embrace the power of change...
SVdP Shoes Outreach
Feb 18 to Feb 19
2023
Saturday
at
(All day)
Help us Shoe Away HungerOn the weekends of February 4/5, 11/12 and 18/19 help us “Shoe Away Hunger” and donate your gently used shoes and boots to the local non-profit organization,...
Pathways 2021
Feb 23
2023
Thursday
at
6:00 PM
You can make a positive change in your life!In just 10 sessions with Pathways Faith Based Life Skills classes, you’ll learn valuable skills that help you embrace the power of change...
Homeless Jesus Winter web banner
Feb 26
2023
Sunday
at
10:45 AM
All parishioners are welcome to join together for a wonderful series on Catholic Social Teaching during this season of Lent. Fr. Daniel Griffith, our Pastor and several other excellent local speakers...
Pathways 2021
Mar 2
2023
Thursday
at
6:00 PM
You can make a positive change in your life!In just 10 sessions with Pathways Faith Based Life Skills classes, you’ll learn valuable skills that help you embrace the power of change...
Homeless Jesus Winter web banner
Mar 5
2023
Sunday
at
10:45 AM
All parishioners are welcome to join together for a wonderful series on Catholic Social Teaching during this season of Lent. Fr. Daniel Griffith, our Pastor and several other excellent local speakers...