We are Bringing the gospel of Christ to the multi-county juvenile attention system.

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We are an interdenominational organization.

We believe the Church is the body of Christ, which is made up of all believers in Christ. Second Chance Chaplaincy does not promote a particular organization or denomination. Our emphasis is to help youth discover a relationship with Jesus. More than 150 volunteers participate in Bible studies, mentoring, and special events.

We serve youth across Northeast Ohio.

Second Chance Chaplaincy works in the Multi-County Juvenile Attention system, which serves youth within the Juvenile Justice Systems of Stark, Wayne, Carroll, Columbiana, Tuscarawas counties and beyond. The Multi-County Juvenile Attention System is operated by a Board of Trustees and a Joint Board of Commissioners.

Our reach

4 detention centers

teens admitted annually

4 group homes

teens admitted annually

Residential treatment

teens admitted annually

Community correction

teens admitted annually


Show that God has a purpose for every individual.

Share the love of Jesus Christ through relationships and teaching.

Help youth find healing for spiritual wounds.

Offer hope for the youth, their families, and their communities.

Provide biblical answers to every day problems and questions.

Let them know God loves them and wants them to experience peace and abundant life.

“. . . Anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

Martin luther king jr.

Pastor Kelly teaching in a young men’s Sunday service.

Volunteer Carol praying with young women.

Chaplain Cathi reading the Bible in a young women’s group.

Young men singing in worship during a service.

4 ways you can serve

Bible study

Small group bible studies happen each week. They offer relevant, scripturally based teaching and are open to all youth in the facilities.


Chaplains and volunteer leaders offer individual and group prayer time.


Quarterly activities like game nights, concerts, and parties are available to all youth.

Special Events

Christian films, live music, well-known speakers encourage and inspire .

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Volunteering Interest

All of our volunteers undergo a state background check. Are you willing for us to conduct a check?

Multi-County Juvenile Attention System

Second Chance Chaplaincy was established in 1987. We are a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.



P.O. Box 878
Hartville, OH 44632


Cathi Swallen-Slinger