513FREE began in 2007 with a desire to reach out to the lost and forgotten through music and hands-on ministry. Following the Holy Spirit’s lead, everything we did was completely free-of-charge, regardless of our audience. Most of our time was spent on the road, eventually totalling over 700 concerts and worship events nationwide. Those events included: youth camps, worship nights, rehab centers, homeless shelters, college events, conferences, short-term mission trips, and more.
In 2015 we asked God to show us His purpose for 513FREE. Through much prayer and discernment, a new mission statement was born: boldly sharing the Gospel with the incarcerated and those at-risk. Everything we do is still free-of-charge, but our audience has narrowed.
Today, 513FREE is actively working to break the cycle of incarceration through Christ-centered discipleship and programs for those at-risk of going, those currently in, and those being released from prison. Our success not only benefits those we serve, but also our communities as a whole. Less crime means less victims.
The only true way to break the cycle of incarceration is through the freedom found in Christ. We choose to put Christ at the center of everything we do. To maintain focus, these are the four ways we work to break the cycle:
Youth Mentorship | Learn More
The Tandem Mentorship Program shares life changing hope with Chippewa Valley youth through the support of Christ-centered mentors. Through a comprehensive process, we pair youth with qualified mentors. By building strong, healthy relationships early on in life, we can break the cycle of incarceration before it even begins.
Music & Events | Learn More
We coordinate, facilitate and perform in-prison outreach events where we share music, the Gospel, a time of worship and a time of response. By meeting inmates in prison, we’re able to point them toward life-change in the way of chaplain programs and the Christ-centered community behind bars.
re:entry | Learn More
Upon release from prison, we work with former inmates to help assist with housing, job placement, life skills and assimilation into Christ-centered community, making disciples who make disciples.
The Pen Project | Learn More
We co-write a magazine called ‘The Pen Project,’ with the incarcerated and those at-risk. Through artwork, poetry, testimony, and creative writing the incarcerated share Jesus with fellow inmates, family and friends.