Spiritus Christi Prison Outreach, Inc. (SCPO) is a ministry of Spiritus Christi Church in the city of Rochester, New York. Although SCPO is affiliated with the church, the outreach program is non-religious in nature and welcomes anyone regardless of religious affiliation. As a faith-based community, we have a strong base of volunteers who are committed to offering resources to incarcerated individuals and ex-offenders. Members of our community have been visiting local jails and prisons for over 30 years.
The Prison Outreach formerly was a ministry of Corpus Christi Church. The current staff of the Spiritus Christi Prison Outreach has a combined experience of over 70 years working with homeless ex-offenders, including the former Roger’s House and Pearl House, the current Jennifer House and Nielsen House Residential Programs and most recently the Spiritus Christi Shelter + Care Program. These programs involve extensive outreach efforts into the criminal justice system through jail/prison groups, a structured residency program available upon release, and then permanent housing for some program participants.
Over 15,000 men and women are released from Monroe County jail and into our community each year. Most are destined to commit new crimes and return to incarceration if they are not able to access safe housing in a structured supportive environment. The cost of violence to our community is devastating; the cost of incarceration is astronomical. The Prison Outreach has been interrupting this cycle for nearly 30 years.