What is Kairos Outside 

Kairos Outside is designed to support the families of men, women, and youth who are, or have been incarcerated in the country’s state and federal correctional facilities.

KO can help bolster the loved ones who are supporting those incarcerated persons.  We believe that the families of the incarcerated are “doing time” right along with their loved ones.

Kairos Outside is intended to let those families know that there is a community that
cares about them and their needs.  We provide a safe place for women to share with each other, and with those who are empathetic to their situation, their struggles and concerns.
The women on the outside, in many ways, have to be stronger than their relative(s) on the inside to survive in today’s world.  We hope Kairos Outside will help them find strength for their life journey and give them a chance to find and build relationships that may last a lifetime.


Kairos Outside began in California in 1989 as an idea from the Chaplain at San Quentin State Correctional Facility.  After the first Kairos Prison Ministry Weekend, he felt, along with others involved in this ministry, that those who became involved in the Kairos program were now open to family unity, more so than ever before.  Jo Chapman, a Kairos volunteer from California, took the Chaplain’s idea and developed KO.  James Rowland, then Director for the Department of Corrections for California, has often said, “Three things will help keep an inmate from coming back to prison:  The first is some type of spiritual awakening while in prison; the second is support by their family during and after incarceration; and the third is a skill to find a job on the outside after release.”