Released prisoner breaks the chains of stigma and successfully re-enters society

Getting Involved with Re-Entry

2020 Prison Ministry Conference

has been postponed due to the Corona Virus pandemic.

More details will be available as soon as possible.
If you have questions please call Deacon Ellen Adams at 860-374-3537.

Sue Gunderman was to be our keynote speaker, and we hope that she will be available when we can reschedule!

Photograph of Sue Gunderman

Sue Gunderman has more than 20 years in the human service field and more than a decade of that time has been spent working in the field of reentry providing comprehensive services to incarcerated parents. Sue has been with the Greater Hartford Reentry Council for the past nine years and one of its leaders for nearly seven years. During this time, she has built a proven track record as a leader in reentry through her collaborative approach to fostering successful relationships with community partners to provide quality services to individuals returning home from incarceration.

In April 2018, Sue joined the Office of Mayor Luke A. Bronin as the Interim Director of Reentry Services for the City of Hartford, CT. In this role, Sue’s primary focus has been planning and preparing for the successful opening of the Reentry Welcome Center which took place in September 2018. She worked collaboratively with Community Partners in Action to bring over 40-plus partners to provide wrap-around support services to the participants utilizing the Center.

In addition to getting the Reentry Welcome Center opened, she is leading the City of Hartford’s efforts to increase the number of local employers hiring individuals who have been involved in the criminal justice system. She is currently working on her seventh reentry job fair to take place this April. She participates on numerous committees to address various barriers to reentry and advocates for policy reform.

Sue’s other projects include the “Hire One” campaign which she created to encourage employers to be the key to hiring individuals with blemished records and gain a workforce for the future. She worked with the Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy at Central Connecticut State University to create a statewide reentry website called WWW.CTreentry.Org to centralize resources and information for Connecticut.

Sue holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Connecticut.

In addition to our speaker, there will be panel discussions with returning citizens and their families. Q & A sessions will follow each panel discussion.

Beverages and snacks will be offered throughout the Forum, and a light lunch will be served, all included in your $10 registration fee.

Tentative schedule for the rescheduled 2020 Prison Ministry Forum

8:30AM9:00AMCheck-in, Beverages & Snacks, and Displays
9:00AM9:10AMWelcome, Introductions, and Housekeeping
9:10AM10:10AMSue Gunderman, tentative Keynote Speaker, with Q & A
10:10AM10:30AMElevator speeches by vendors / exhibitors
10:45PM11:45AMPanel of returning citizens discuss their re-entry experiences, with Q & A
11:45PM12:00NoonUpdate on Criminal Justice Legislation by Erin Corbett
12:00Noon1:00PMLunch, table discussions, and Displays
1:00PM Closing and evaluation forms   —   Thank you for attending!

Organizations whose activities are related to the criminal justice system, especially prevention, incarceration, and people re-entering society, are encouraged to display information during the Forum. Organizations’ representatives are also encouraged to present a brief description of what their organization does (your elevator speech). Please contact us to make arrangements for your brochures, et cetera, to be featured at the 2020 Forum!

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