Community Freedom Initiative
CFI is a partnership between Community Christian Church in Naperville, IL, NewThing–their church planting division–and Alpha USA. Under the management of NewThing, a local church “plants” a new church inside the prison, using a delayed broadcast of church services from Community Christian Church, along with a weekly small group curriculum led by a trained campus pastor and key volunteers under the authority of the prison chaplain.
Best practices for offender reentry indicate that programs must start prior to release and be connected to community resources. This is accomplished through a coordinated effort that includes a vast network of churches connected to Community Christian Church, NewThing, and Alpha USA. These churches have access to training and expertise in working with ex-offenders upon release.