Next Chapter to host open house at Discipleship Home for released prisoners

Next Chapter

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — Next Chapter of La Crosse will host an open house at the house it renovated to become a transitional home for people released from jail from 2 to 6 p.m. Oct. 7 at the facility at 713 Ferry St.

Cris Crye

Crye

Next Chapter executive director Chris Crye began the program in 2019 with a core of Christ followers who conduct Bible studies and meet with prisoners in the La Crosse County Jail.
The facility will be known as a Discipleship Home, providing a place for those struggling with the transition back to the outside world, said Crye, an ordained minister with the Evangelical Free Church of America and founding pastor of Neighborhood City Church. He has ministered on La Crosse’s South Side for 18 years.
Many have trouble adapting and reoffend, Crye said.
“Next Chapter is a community-based program answering the call to help those caught in the cycle of incarceration,” Crye said.
“We offer support groups, Bible studies, one-on-one mentoring, rebuild family relationships, provide basic skills training, and integrate Christian living programs all for men caught in this cycle of incarceration,” he said. “Next Chapter seeks to restore men to a relationship with God, family, and the community through a holistic approach.”
Discipleship Home, which opened its doors July 1, is intended to change the culture for incarcerated men through safe, secure and stable housing, healthy community and work.
More than 23,000 individuals are jailed in Wisconsin every year, Crye said, and 44 percent are rearrested during their first year of release.
Next Chapter is accepting donations to help offset the cost of renovation and organizational start-up fees.
For more information about Next Chapter La Crosse, go to its website. To donate,  go to the site or call (608) 461-7006.