Programs Available to Men and Women

Consider becoming part of the McHenry County Helping Hands organization. In additional to the programs listed below, Helping Hands also provides reading glasses, critical finances, training classes, and much more to McHenry County offenders. Helping Hands staff is entirely volunteer-based, from various churches in the County, and all contributions go directly to material resources for inmates.

Church Services

Both Spanish and English services are conducted in the blocks every Sunday. Bibles are provided. The service is interdenominational and all are welcome to attend.


English and Spanish speaking men and women from local churches provide one on one Christian counseling, prayer, and encouragement as well as answer questions regarding the Bible.

Called on Purpose (COP)

COP is a mentoring/discipleship program that supports and empowers women that are dealing with various issues and meets one Sunday each month.

How to Be a Dad

Dad’s class is conducted on a rotating schedule in both Spanish and English. The class covers “How to be a father” and is Christian based. The 6 week course consists of classroom sessions and homework. A certificate of accomplishment is award upon completion.

Angel Tree

Children’s names and their gift wishes on paper angels, hang on a Christmas Angel Tree in local churches. Congregation members buy and wrap the gift(s) and return them to the church. Gifts are distributed at a party or delivered.

Community Upholding Persons (CUP)

CUP is an ecumenical Christian organization composed of people from various McHenry County area churches who share the good news of Jesus Christ. The meetings include scripture readings, discussion, and prayer. All are welcome!

Bible Studies Correspondence

“Growing in Christ” is a thirteen week course consisting of: Salvation, Prayer, Victory, Forgiveness, Guidance, Christ First, His Strength, God’s Word, Love, Giving, The Church, Good Works, and Witnessing. Upon completion, they receive a certificate. Many complete the study after they go home or on to prison.

CR on the Inside

Celebrate Recovery is a Bible-based 12-Step program focused on recovery from addictions, self-destructive behaviors, hurts, habits, and hang-ups, with a 90% success rate. The program may be continued after release through over 14,000 supporting churches.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

Re-entry Passport

Pamphlet given to inmates that lists many resources available to help transition back into the community.

Ministerial Teaching / Visitation

Bible studies and counseling are held in the cell block.