We organize pen pal clubs whose members correspond one-on-one with prisoners.

There is a tremendous hunger among people who are imprisoned for people with whom they can communicate living in the outside world. To meet this need, Companions has started pen pal clubs through which volunteers will have the opportunity to be a pen pal with such a person and at the same time receive helpful suggestions and support from others also in such a correspondence. Companions offers training, a post office box to use as a return address, and ongoing support.

Being present to a person in prison can make a big difference. Would you contact us about starting such a club with your friends, civic or church group?

“Mail call is the hardest part of my day.”

“When you have someone writing to you regularly it really does affect a person’s whole attitude and outlook.”

“Every letter and/or card that I receive is special to me. It’s important to have a spiritual support team as well as for me to be able to write. At times, it helps me to leave this place and to get out of my circumstances by focusing on someone else.”

What Our Pen-Pals Say About Their Experience

“Personally, I have found the pen pal experience to be very humbling regarding how much my incarcerated pen pal is willing to share with me about his life experiences and incarceration, how appreciative he is of the correspondence, and very easy it is to communicate with him on wide range of topics. His monthly letters often provide me with food for thought throughout the week.”

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