Harford County Christian Jail Ministry, Inc. (HCCJM) is a local 501c3 ministry in Harford County, Maryland, dedicated to bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to incarcerated men and women in our community. Our decidedly Christian outreach is supported entirely by tax exempt donations from individuals, churches, and organizations. We work on a very limited budget all of which goes directly to benefit the individuals we serve. God has faithfully provided for our financial needs without any fundraising programs. Please consider how you can help to support this Christian outreach.
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This page was last updated on: November 25, 2023
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In Memoriam

We wish to honor our faithful ministers who have gone home to be with the Lord. We thank God for their contributions to His Kingdom. May they enjoy liberty and the bliss 
of eternal rest with our Savior Jesus.

Robert D. Armstrong November 18, 2023

Dorthea Courts                                                    John Swift - Nov. 2001                  James Stratemeyer  Jan. 2012  

Brian McNey - Nov. 2012                                     Kermit Stong - Oct. 2014              Millard Hartman - Nov. 2014

Joseph Thomas Blackburn - July 2015             Nelson Acosta - Feb. 2018            David Squire - Mar. 11, 2023

Mark Jenifer - March, 2020                                 David Russ Morris - July, 2020    Larry Hinton - Jun. 13, 2023

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House Rules
We often hear from families that need advice on how they can help an addicted loved one living in their home. Too many times they assume that after returning from a recovery program that the addiction is gone and life can return to normal. This is far from true. The time immediately after this initial step in recovery is the most dangerous, because complete recovery has only begun. Failure to recognize this and deal with it properly can be disastrous. Every person returning home from jail or residential recovery needs to regularly attend recovery group meetings like Overcomers or Celebrate Recovery. We offer the House Rules below for your serious consideration. Not all of them are going to be appropriate to every situation. Write down your own set of rules and get agreement by all concerned that they will comply and will accept consequences of failing to do so. Also read "Enabling" below.
The Rules
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You are not running a flop house. Rules are necessary. Obedience and attitude are measures of maturity. Ignoring rules by the parent is a disservice to the addict and is not a genuine expression of love. Consider the list below and determine which applies to your situation. (Most will). Before a recovering relative moves in with you they should agree to abide by the rules and attach their signature to the bottom. Failure to enforce the rules only enables one to continue in their addiction.

Must work and pay rent  (Suggested $100/wk)
No sleeping after 8:00 AM and before 9:00PM except Sundays
It is recommend to have daily and weekly chores, especially if not working
Must attend church and recovery meetings regularly
Must know who you are with and when you will be home
Must be home by 11:00 PM except for special events with prior agreement
No smoking in the house (optional)
Must pay down debt (w/o interest to family members)
Must account for all money
Must contribute to church or ministry
Must agree to random urine or drug testing 
It is advisable to have a mature Christian mentor (non family)
Must have a plan for independence. Look at debt payoff, savings accumulation, income, future housing cost, etc. SET DATES for completion.
Must not drive without auto insurance, valid license, etc. No lawbreaking permitted!
Must take medications as prescribed.
Must not resort to violent or abusive behavior.
Lying and violence is a deal breaker.
The following is taken from the Celebrate Recovery manual. Many parents, especially mothers, unintentionally enable their dysfunctional children to continue in their life of destructive behavior. Read these principles of enabling and see if they apply to your situation.

Enabling is defined as reacting to a person in such a way as to shield him or her from experiencing the full impact of the harmful consequences of behavior. Enabling differs from helping in that it permits or allows the person to be irresponsible. It is extremely hard to admit to enabling especially since you have taken a defensive position with respect to others who may have been trying to expose this behavior to you. You may even be co-dependent and psychologically cannot function without the dysfunctional behavior in your life. This requires professional counseling. (See our LINKS page).

Enabling Practices
PROTECTING the person from the natural consequences of their destructive behavior.

KEEPING SECRETS about their behavior from others in order to keep peace.

MAKING EXCUSES for their bad choices.

BAILING OUT of trouble by paying debts, paying for lawyers, providing jobs, etc.

BLAMING OTHERS for the dependent person's behavior (self, friends, teachers, employers, family problems, environment)

SEEING THE PROBLEM AS A RESULT OF SOMETHING ELSE (shyness, broken home, bad friends)

AVOIDING the dysfunctional person or IGNORINGTHE BEHAVIOR in order to keep peace.


ATTEMPTING TO CONTROL Planning activities, choosing friends, getting them a job, even arranging for recovery programs. Arrangement must be made by the recovering addict.

MAKING EMPTY THREATS that have no follow-through or consistency. (Oh what a problem this is!)

TAKING CARE of the chemically dependent person by doing what he/she should be expected to do for themselves.
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Managing Addicted Children
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Your donations will be used entirely for materials used in ministry to incarcerated men and women as the prepare for return to our communties. Make checks payable to the Harford County Christian Jail Ministry and send to the address above. Donations may be sent through PayPal and Zelle to hccjMinistry@gmail.com.