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Registration for 2023 is CLOSED! See you April 22!

Saturday, April 22, 2023 
Walker Faith and Character-Based Prison

The Returning Hearts Celebration is a day when incarcerated parents and their children experience Christ's heart for reconciliation.  You don't need to read psychology journals to know that the best way for some children to escape generational cycles of crime and incarceration is to have a loving, Christ-following parent (even from prison) speak into their lives. The message the kids receive at Returning Hearts is loud and clear: "Don't do what I did, you don't want to come here, this is not a good place, this is not a good life."  "You have to stay in school and away from drugs."  "I'm sorry.  Please forgive me. I want to be a better parent."

This year, we're looking for 100 volunteers to lead an incredible day of food, fun, and fellowship.

To register for the 2023 Returning Hearts Celebration, you will need to complete the following:

1. Fill out the informational form below. 

2. Pay your $50 Mission Fee. The Returning Hearts Celebration is a free gift to incarcerated parents, their children, and caregivers. Your mission fee helps to partially offset the expenses for this event. HeartBound Ministries does not profit from any gifts or fees received on behalf of the Returning Hearts Celebration. 

3. Complete the Returning Hearts Celebration 2023 Volunteer Guide. After paying your Mission Fee, you'll receive a Word document titled "Returning Hearts Celebration 2023 Volunteer Guide 2-2-23." You will need to carefully read through this document and sign and date the (1) PREA form, (2) GCIC form, (3) Waiver, and (4) Film/Audio/Video Release form and return all four forms via email or mail by March 10, 2023.


If you are unable to return your forms by March 10 or register after the deadline, you will be charged an extra $15.

Release forms can be mailed to HeartBound Ministries

or emailed to Grace Hall at PREA and GCIC forms can be emailed or mailed to

HeartBound Ministries

P.O. Box 191703

Atlanta, GA 31119

Register to Volunteer at Returning Hearts

The first step to volunteering at the 2023 Returning Hearts Celebration is to complete this informational form. You'll then need to pay your $50 Missions Fee. After your fee is paid, you will automatically receive the 2023 Volunteer Guide and four (4) forms that you must sign and return to HeartBound Ministries by mail (P.O. Box 191703 Atlanta, GA 31119) or e-mail (


Questions? Call Grace: 706-457-9295

Thanks for your submission! Please pay your $50 Missions Fee below to receive the waivers required to volunteer. Per IRS regulations, donations are non-refundable.

​Sorry - registration has closed.

2023 Schedule


5:30-6:00 PM

Check in for volunteers. T-shirt distribution

6:00 PM

Prison Count Time (must be in gym before count)

6:30-7:30 PM

Testimonies of Malachi Dads participants, prayer for event and worship service with inmates

7:30-8:30 PM

Training, Q&A

8:30 PM

Dismissal. See you bright and early in the morning!

Saturday, April 22, 2023

7:30-8:30 AM

Volunteer check-in and job assignment

8:30 AM

Volunteers take their places and children begin to arrive


Fun, fun, fun! Games, inflatables, family photos, art and crafts, board games, petting zoo, face-painting, and more!

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM


 1:00-1:15 PM

Transition to program area

1:15-2:00 PM

Program with music and guest speaker

2:00-2:15 PM

Transition to balloon release area

2:20 PM

Balloon release followed by fire truck

2:30 PM

Final goodbyes

*Please note, this schedule is subject to change. 

Directions to Walker Faith and Character-Based Prison

  1. From Atlanta, take I-75 North to exit 350 (Ft. Oglethorpe/Battlefield Pkwy) and turn left on to Battlefield Parkway

  2. Go 10.5 miles and merge on to US-27/GA-1 South toward Lafayette/Chickamauga

  3. Turn right onto Kay Conley Rd, about .7 miles past Kay Drive. The Kangaroo Express is on the left corner

  4. Turn slight right onto Old GA-27

  5. Cross the railroad tracks and take a left onto Straight Gut Rd.

  6. Go approximately 1.6 miles and turn right onto Kevin Lane.



The number to the prison is 706-764-3600. The Chaplain is Aaron Reaves and the Deputy Warden is Ryan Clark.


Walker Faith and Character-Based Prison

97 Kevin Lane

Rock Spring, GA 30739

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