Acclaim Community Outreach   

Prison Outreach

ACOS conducts an annual outreach to prisoners in correctional facilties throughout the Michigan area.  This outreach is on an annual basis, 2-4 times per year, to encourage and uplift those who are incarcerated.  Prisoners are given a motivational speech and have the opportunity to enjoy musical entertainment from local recording artists & other guests who volunteer their time.

Gerald & Carol Ervin, were introduced to Operation Starting Line through Rufus and Denise Harris.  Operation Starting Line is a prison outreach founded by Chuck Colson, working with local Michigan collaborators during a special 2003 Michigan Campaign outreach.  From this special event, Gerald & Carol, along with the music outreach team, were specifically requested to return by both prisoners and program coordinators alike. Since that time, Acclaim Community Outreach has had the opportunity to encourage prisoners at Bellamy Correctional Facility & Deerfield Correctional Facility in Ionia, MI; as well as Cooper Street Correctional Facility in Jackson, MI.  Prior to Operation Starting Line, Gerald & Carol Ervin have also worked diligently through collaboration with other local churches to present outreach to prisoners at the Dickerson Correctional Facility in Detroit, Michigan.  ACOS also is also a participant with the New Directions Ministry prison outreach program in Lansing, MI, formerly known as Mt. Hope Church prison outreach program.

The hearts of our founders and the Board of Directors of Acclaim Community Outreach is to carry a positive, uplifting message to those who are most forgotten.  Their desire is to instill a sense of self-worth in the hearts of many & change lives in the "spirit of excellence".  While photos of prisoners are not allowed by the correctional facilities at this time, we have included some photos of the prison outreach team.  In addition, a recent letter from Bellamy Correction Facility in Ionia, MI is posted below.




                                       Outreach Team at Deerfield Correctional Facility Pavilion (2004)



                                          Gerald & Carol Ervin (Kneeling-Front) With OSL Team Members