Watch and listen as Jennifer Ortiz shares how becoming an MB3 mentor has become so meaningful to her:

Watch and listen to Vince Patton's compelling message about serving as an MB3 mentor:


Mission Behind Bars and Beyond (MB3) has created a mentoring program throughout Kentucky. As a mentor in an MB3 Nurture, Support and Accountability Group (NSAG), you become part of a small group of 3-5 mentors meeting with a justice-involved individual (returning citizen).

The NSAG meets with the returning citizen weekly and ensures daily contact by phone, text, or in person with a member of the group. The Core Team Member (the returning citizen assigned to the group) and the NSAG meet for a minimum of six months and up to one year. The NSAG provides good counsel, wise advice, continuing support, and regularly holds the Core Team Member accountable for behavior and goals that he or she has set.

Mentoring training is conducted under the direction of Rev. Dean Bucalos, an ordained minister and retired attorney, or Mark Johnson, who has over 20 years of Bureau of Prisons experience, focused upon the reentry of felony offenders, including case management.

The mentoring training takes 5-6 hours and is usually done on Saturdays in Lexington, Louisville or Northern Kentucky. On-line training is being developed for people living in other areas of the Commonwealth.

Once training is completed, you will be asked to submit a mentor application and, once approved, will be assigned to a NSAG in the area in which you live. Dean and Mark provide continuing oversight and are available for questions and concerns once the mentoring process begins.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please use the button below to contact us.

Watch and listen as Rev. Denise Watts-Wilson talks about becoming significant to others by participating in MB3:

Think how much the world has changed over the past several years.  It's hard for anyone to keep up.  Now imagine living away from family and friends for years in prison or jail and getting ready to re-enter a world that passed you by.  Needless to say, this would be a frightening and anxiety-producing experience, but returning citizens don't have to do it alone.

Our MB3 volunteers provide assistance behind the bars and beyond.  There are many ways for you to volunteer with MB3:

  • Do you know how to knit or crochet?

  • Perhaps teach a life skills training class on nutrition, job-interviewing, financial management?

  • Are you interested in being trained as a mentor?

  • Participating or attending a worship service?

Let us know and we will find the right place for you as you help transform the lives of those who are seeking a second chance in life.

Be inspired!  Every Tuesday night beginning at 7:00 p.m., our worshiping community, New Life in Christ Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) gathers.  We meet inside Dismas Charities-Diersen located at 1218 W. Oak Street in Louisville, Kentucky.  Great preaching.  Beautiful music.  A welcoming community of those often forgotten and abandoned who understand in a special way the love, mercy and presence of God.  Holy ground.  Join us and be blessed.

Sentencing reform, expungement of criminal records, restoration of voting rights, reduction of the use of prolonged solitary confinement, banning the box, and addressing mass incarceration are all issues that deeply affect the lives of returning citizens who are seeking to return to their communities and live healthy, successful and productive lives.  Join us in advocating for a more just and equitable world. 

There are many ways to give:  time, talent, and treasure.  Consider making a gift to help make the world a better and safer place.  We seek to create a world in which those seeking a new life can receive the nurture and support they need as they are held accountable and responsible for their actions;  a world where returning citizens can become the parents, children, spouses, employees and citizens that God created them to be; and a world where redemption and hope continue to light the way. Click HERE to make a donation.