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 15 years. Transforming lives, improving public safety, and creating positive community and economic impact is our mission. 

Our award-winning workforce development program, the Urbean Cafe, has contributed $3 million dollars*to the local Akron economy since 2011. Our Lydia’s Home recovery program is helping women transform their lives. Our prison ministry is sharing the love of God with the broken.

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

  • Workforce 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