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J.O.Y. Behind Bars

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Together We Can Make A Difference

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J.O.Y. Behind Bars is a nonprofit organization founded in the state of Alabama by retired Educator & Counselor, Eddream Lawrence.


We mentor, tutor, counsel, and offer spiritual support for the parents of incarcerated children.


We also provide spiritual support in local jails for inmates and connect with their families on the outside to ensure stability in our communities, particularly in the areas of education and social services. 




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J.O.Y. Behind Bars is achieving more with our initiatives than ever before.


We work on many exciting service related projects to help improve the lives of others, and are very proud of the progress we continue to make.


Learn more about what we do, who we help, and how we work every day to promote positive change in the state of Alabama and in the Chattahoochee Valley area.

We are happy you’re interested in getting involved with our work here at J.O.Y. Behind Bars. There are so many ways for you to help, and we truly appreciate every effort.


By lending your support, you’ll become a valuable part of our non-profit organization and help to strengthen our operations.

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For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, "I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. - Matthew 25:36

When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few - Matthew 9:36, 37

Recognizing the enormity of the challenges our society faces, J.O.Y. Behind Bars is dedicated to making a lasting impact through our ministry to inmates and their families through our programs. As a faith-based nonprofit, we believe in the power of prayer and action, and our actions are driven by our organization’s singular reinvestment through LOVE! We spread a wide net by investing in the next generation -  the youth - through our innovative program J.O.Y. in the Community M.A.T.T.E.R.S. Send us an email to learn more about our initiatives, partnerships, and collaborative efforts in the state of Alabama.

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