Use What You’ve Got Prison Ministry is a faith based organization that keeps families connected by providing transportation for prison visitation while promoting family wellness through education, supportive resources, and spiritual enhancements.
Upon dealing with the pain and hurt while learning that their son was facing 40 years of prison, Cecelia Whitfield founded Use What You've Got Prison Ministry in 1988. This ministry became a 501(c)(3) public charity in August of 1990.
In the past 20 years, Cecelia has traveled countless miles serving this ministry. In order to minister to the children and mothers, she began a toy giveaway in 1993 and a women's retreat for the mothers in 1994. To further serve her calling, Mrs. Whitfield eventually resigned from her full-time job to drive visitors to the prisons.
Upon its inception, the initial name of the ministry was “Church On The Rock” and “Use What You've Got Ministry.” Use What You've Got Ministry separated from the church and received it's own 501(c)(3) statutes in February of 2003. Mr. Larry R. Bruce, CLU, a State Farm Insurance Agent, became the first Board of Directors chairman. Currently, Katherine Blane of Senator Richard Lugar's Indianapolis Office serves as Board of Directors Chairperson.In 2005 Use What You've Got Ministry changed its name to Use What You've Got Prison Ministry (UWYGPM), and Cecelia continues her important ministry to this day.
March, 2011 - Use What You’ve Got Prison Ministry was honored to be a part of the filming of successful re-entry stories by the Indianapolis Mayor's Office of Re-Entry. To view the video please click here.