(Loveland, Colorado)—The Delta Corrections Center in Delta, CO, hosts Lifetree Café as a way to encourage civil conversation among its inmate population.
The Lifetree program in Delta is sponsored by Good News Jail and Prison Ministry’s Chaplain, Richard Jackman.
Lifetree Café is a national network of venues where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual coffeehouse-type setting. Lifetree Café addresses a broad range of diverse topics such as gun control, the rise of atheism, mental illness, science and religion, and meth addiction.
According to Chaplain Jackman, “There are two main benefits to offering the Lifetree program here. The first is that we’re able to minister residents’ spiritual needs in ways that we couldn’t during our typical worship services. The second benefit is that inmates are finding a unique opportunity to learn valuable life skills that will help them acclimate on the outside.”
Lifetree Café’s National Director, Craig Cable, recently participated in one of the sessions offered at the facility. According to Cable, “Several of the men shared with me that they’re hoping to find a Lifetree Café location when they get out so they can plug into the safe, encouraging, and nonjudgmental environment that Lifetree provides.”
Lifetree Café locations and times may be found at lifetreecafe.com.