WCIC Community Brings Hope Behind Prison Walls

Prison is not a place synonymous with hope; not usually, at least. This weekend, the band Unspoken helped change that narrative by performing inside Hill Correctional Center in Galesburg, a medium-security prison for men.

Approximately 350 inmates attended two concerts Sunday afternoon in the prison gymnasium. The men heard songs filled with encouraging lyrics and reminders that they are loved. These concerts were made possible entirely by WCIC listener donations last October.

“It is such a privilege to bring concerts to prisons,” said WCIC Program Director Jeremy Tracey. “This is the fourth prison event WCIC has been able to be involved with in central Illinois the past couple of years, thanks to listeners saying ‘yes’ to bringing a message of hope to people who desperately need it.”

Jill & Jeremy from Mornings with the Traceys served as emcees for the event. They joined WCIC staff and members of the band in shaking the hands of the inmates after both of the concerts Sunday afternoon. The experience was powerful for everyone involved, with many inmates offering sincere words of thanks.

“These concerts are my favorite thing I’ve done during my time at WCIC,” said Tracey. “It’s an honor to be able to meet these guys, spend time with them, and bring some encouragement.”

WCIC is a Christian music radio station with the mission of “Sharing hope in Jesus, one song, one conversation, one heart at a time.” Visit them online at wcicfm.org.

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