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On December 4th, 2018, F.I.S.T. residents and staff assisted Willow Creek Church with their annual “Prison Pack” where 78,000 Christmas bags were packaged, boxed, palletized and loaded onto trucks for delivery to every  inmate in the Illinois Prison System. Most of our residents received a bag while incarcerated, and it was an awesome opportunity to give back.

December 8th, 2018 F.I.S.T. residents volunteered for a morning packing shift at Feed My Starving Children. The shift reported packaging 218 boxes! Some people are in awe of the fact that there are countries that still lack the basic  necessities and that a few hours of your time can impact a child’s life for years to come. We are humbled.

On the evening of December 22, 2018 F.I.S.T. residents and staff will team up with a ministry that we have been supplying gently used backpack to for several years, and head down to downtown Chicago to help distribute the backpacks to the homeless. We have collected 100 backpacks at our office throughout the past year and we are eager to assist with this project.


Our Mission


The mission of F.I.S.T. is to serve God by assisting and encouraging fellow formerly incarcerated individuals to assimilate into mainstream society, through Christian Ministry, fellowship, and guidance.


Our Purpose


F.I.S.T. is an organization that was founded and run by formerly incarcerated men and women drawing on their experiences and focusing their energy to assisting ex-offenders being reintegrated back into society.

As a representative of Former Inmates Striving Together F.I.S.T; you will play a critical role in fulfilling the mission of our organization and in sustaining our highest standards as a community service agency in Lake County, IL. You have been given the opportunity to share your experience, talents, faith and knowledge to help enrich the lives of those within our organization as well as with those in our community at large.



Find out about our organization, mission, our methods, and the results of our decades of advocacy.


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