TCIY Ministries
You can do  nothing about changing your past, but you can do  everything about changing your future!!

                                              T he C hoice I s Y ours
Mission Statement - UNDER CONSTRUCTION...Ministering to those who are physically incarcerated as well as those who find themselves imprisoned in the community they live in by the choices they have made.  Our desire is to help them become free through the power and grace of God.

Purpose Statement - To love people right where they are.​

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 
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Backpack Ministry
According to the Community and Family Institute at the University of Arkansas there are close to 3000 men, women and children who are homeless in Washington and Benton Counties.  We are seeing more and more moving into our area since their previous location in Fayetteville was shut down.  
While it may not seem like much, TCIY has established a backpack ministry to do what we can to get items into the hands of those who really need some help.  We would like to have a backpack in every vehicle that travels in the Bentonville/Rogers area so they can be distributed to those they come in contact with.
Existing on the Outside
Inside Out
Mental Health Services
Incarceration affects more than just the one who is sitting behind bars, it also impacts the friends and families who are trying to manage a semi-normal life on the outside.  
Existing on the Outside Facebook Group is a place to connect with others who are going through common issues.
Meetings are scheduled throughout the year for those who would like to talk face to face with others attempting to "exist on the outside" this can include friends and families as well as anyone recently released from the prison system.
If you or someone you know would like to be a part of Existing on the Outside, search for the group on Facebook an request to be added.  Or contact us to receive the newsletter and event information via email if you prefer.
There are currently over 2 million men and women in US prisons.  Inside Out is a resource that establishes a line of communication between those who are incarcerated and those in the world outside of the prison walls. 
Several of the men and women have stated that they are willing to share their story if it will help one person make different choices.  
We maintain regular contact with over 90 men and women via letters and emails.
All of us make choices everyday. Sometimes those choices land us in negative consequences. Mental Health Services encourage individuals to make better choices in life as well as assisting with those who may be struggling with mental illness such as depression, anxiety, anger, grief, PTSD, and drug and alcohol addictions.

We provide individual, couple, family therapy and group services. 
TCIY Ministries was founded in 2015 with a common vision,  to provide support, encouragement and re-entry assistance to men and women who are incarcerated and need a fresh start in life.

We also provide support and encouragement to the family and friends who have loved ones who are in prison, going through the court system or who have been recently released.

You are not alone!
We are glad you are here!
​​ Meet our Ministry Team


                   Carla Jones, Ed.S, LPC, LMFT
Carla Jones graduated from Pittsburg State University in Kansas; she has a Masters degree in Counseling and an Educational Specialist Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Carla is a Licensed Professional Counselor in both Arkansas and Missouri as well as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Arkansas. Carla is also a National Certification Counselor through the National Board of Certified Counselors.
Carla has been providing services to families since 1996 through her employer or through her private practice, The Family Connection, LLC.
Carla has presented several times to foster parents in Kansas as well as for the Kansas Juvenile Governors Conference. All of these presentations were on relevant childhood issues. Carla specializes in providing individual, couple, group and family therapy. 
Carla holds the position of Director of Mental Health Services for TCIY Ministries.

                   Nikki Smith, Ordained Minister
Nikki Smith attended Christian University Global Net in 2017 where she participated in classes in the Correctional Ministries Program.  
She graduated with a Certificate in Evangelism in 2001 from Power & Light Gospel Bible School
Nikki is an ordained Minister and holds the position of Director of Ministries with TCIY.  

TCIY Ministries - Board of Directors

Carla Jones - President
Nikki Smith - Secretary/Treasurer
Paula Morris
Cathy Timmerman