We restore lives through ministry, mentoring and real-world experience.

Broken Chains Ministry (BCM) has been helping people successfully return from incarceration to purpose-driven lives as contributing members of our community for nearly 15 years. Changing lives, improving public safety, and creating positive community and economic impact is our mission. 

Our award-winning, work force development program, the Urbean Cafe, has contributed $3 million dollars* back to the local Akron economy since 2011 through retail services and local vendor partners, including partnership with an Akron area coffee roaster.

Restorative Justice

Our mission is based upon Restorative Justice; a collaborative relationship with the judicial system that improves public safety and saves taxpayer dollars while supporting clients through treatment, workforce development, and restoration to community and family.

Key Elements of Restorative Justice

  • Mentoring

  • Advocacy

  • Identity Restoration

  • Faith-centered Programs

  • Work Force Development


For hundreds of people in our community, our ministry has truly been the bridge to a new life. Learn about our mission, people, programs, and success accomplished over 15 years. 

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Want to help us change lives? Learn how you can become a partner, mentor, donor or volunteer, join our prayer team, join our e-mail list, or contribute to our Wish List. 

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*As of July 2018