Stephen’s Table is a fellowship of ordinary citizens who have made the extraordinary commitment to stand in compassion with members of their hometown who are serving time in prisons that the pain of incarceration might not break their bond with the community they share and that their homecoming might be a time of celebration and renewal and not desperation and divorce. By simple acts of human kindness through letter writing and visitation, members reignite hope in the hearts of those living in the shadow of the criminal justice system:
- Reminding them that they haven’t been forgotten
- Helping them to make the most of their time in prison
- Assisting their loved ones who may be suffering in silence, and
- Supporting them during their transition home
The only requirement for membership is a desire to help those who are incarcerated remain connected with their hometown. Although individual committees may be formed in religious, civic, and social organizations, Stephen’s Table is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, or social agenda. We do not wish to engage in any controversy or promote any cause beyond standing tall for the inherent dignity of prisoners and their loved ones. Our primary purpose is to be in relationship with members of our community who are serving time in prison and to create a support system for them when they come home.