Minister Looks to Elgin, Aurora for Home Program for Ex-Convicts
Krol, Eric, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Eric Krol Daily Herald Staff Writer
A Wheaton minister who runs a transitional house for ex-convicts is looking at bringing a similar group home to Elgin.
The Rev. Manny Mill, the force behind Koinonia House in Wheaton, said he is exploring expanding his efforts into the Fox Valley, including locations in Elgin and Aurora.
"We break the cycle of crime," Mill said. "The Kane County jail is packed. They don't know what to do anymore out there."
Mill, an ex-convict himself, started the first house in Wheaton several years ago as a way to help men released from prison avoid making a return trip.
The program provides the ex-convicts with a place to live and connects them with a local church that provides spiritual guidance and often a job for about 14 months.
"We teach them life in a family setting," Mill said. "We teach a new way of living according to the Bible."
Mill said koinonia is a Greek word meaning "belonging together in natural partnership."
The program does not take convicted murderers, sex offenders or arsonists.
The Wheaton program has had some success thus far. …