OUR MANDATE

The Hinda Institute provides counseling, visitation and support  predominantly to Jews who encounter the criminal justice system,  ex- offenders,  spouses, parents and children in order to lower recidivism rates and ensure that those coming out of prison do not return.

We offer assistance with job placement, housing, training, social support, therapy and spiritual guidance.


  IN PRISON PROGRAMS

We are the Jewish prison chaplains for Illinois

  • Visitation every month to every inmate in every prison at the state and federal level as well many prisons throughout Illinois 

  •  Counseling
  •  Education and study programs
  •  Lending Library
  •  Holiday based programs and food for the holidays
  •  Advocacy
  •  Religious items
  •  Jewish burial
  •  Mentoring
  •  Legal Aid

        SUPPORT DURING REENTRY AND TRANSITION

The HINDA Institute is the only organization which follows clients from prison to the end of life.  Our integrative approach to prison reform keeps our clients out of prison.

 

  • Assistance with job placement (83% of our clients find jobs. Most are employed in one year. Job retention rate of 91%.)

  • Financial and housing assistance

  • Mental Health, drug addiction and general counseling (270 calls or visits/month)

  • Classes and education (3-5 classes weekly)

  • Holiday events and Shabbat meals

        SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES AND CHILDREN

Families are deeply affected by an incarceration. We counsel the family and children and help them cope. 


  •  Job placement
  • Counseling and support
  • Access to loans and funds 
  • Holiday and Shabbat gatherings
  • Women's Peer Support and Education
  • Amazing Kids
  • Weekly phone calls
  • Caring intervention, including therapy, mentoring, schooling and camping experiences for children