Brooks Correctional Facility, Muskegon. (June 20, 2013)
MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- The media is often invited to take pictures at groundbreaking ceremonies but not at the one held in Muskegon Thursday.
Prison inmates broke ground on a new chapel that will be built inside the Brooks Correctional Facility. The project has been in the works since 2000. But only recently did the non-profit Brooks Chapel Committee raise the 750,000 dollars needed to start construction.
The chapel will be non-denominational and open to all faiths once its completed. Volunteers behind the project say faith will better prepare the men for the time they return to the community.
"95 percent of the men at Brooks will be released. Some day they are going to come back to our towns and neighborhoods and we want them to be better men," said Lyn Bullington, member of the Brooks Chapel Committee.
No state tax dollars will be used on the project.
Some inmates will be allowed to help during the construction of the chapel so they can learn work skills. It's expected to open next summer.