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Fall 2023                             March 2023

September 2022                    March 2022

Summer 2021                         Winter 2021

Summer 2020                         Winter 2020

Summer 2019                         Winter 2019

August, 2023
Remain in Touch celebrates its launch in the Antrim County Jail.  This is our third successful launch and we are excited to expand our reach to inmates at a new location in Northern Michigan. 

April, 2022

The Leelanau Enterprise published this article featuring found Connie Eisenhart and Remain in Touch. 

Winter, 2022

Remain in Touch is in grateful receipt of $1,800 from St. Andrews Presbyterian Church

Peace and Justice Committee. Thank you so much!

And sincere gratitude to these over-the-top contributors: Benzie County Community Chest ($1,000); Suttons Bay Congregational Church ($1,000); Traverse Bay Sunrise Rotary Club ($500); Green Brick Foundation Inc ($500); Blackbaud Giving Fund ($250); and Keswick United Methodist Church ($175 special offering)


December, 2021

Northwestern Michigan College student, Will Lewellen,

featured Remain in Touch in a mini-documentary assignment

for his journalism class. While emphasizing that it is a

student workhe graciously agreed to share it.   


July/August, 2021

Thank you Presbyterian Church of Traverse City for choosing Remain in Touch and three other non-profit organizations to be recipients of donations collected at its Jazz, Jokes and Jesus series this summer. The popular series spanned 5 consecutive Wednesday evenings and featured music by The Back Room Gang. Each of the four charities - including Remain in Touch - received $12,500! 

July, 2021

Hooray! Remain in Touch is thrilled to be back in the Benzie County Jail after months of waiting while pandemic restrictions were in place. All of our volunteer facilitators are fully vaccinated and feel safe in resuming their service.  We expect to resume our program in the Leelanau County Jail in October 2021.



The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic curtailed the activities of Remain in Touch in the Leelanau and Benzie County Jails in March of this year.  For the safety of the inmates, their families, jail staff and program providers, all programs in the jails were temporarily suspended. Remain in Touch will resume its activities in the jails as soon as we safely can do so. We continue to assess the situation in ongoing communication with the jail administrators.


March, 2020

Remain in Touch was a nominee among the top 10 “Favorite Non-Profits” for the

Red Hot Best award in Leelanau County for 2020. Thanks to all of you who voted

for us on social media!


February, 2020

Remain in Touch received a Bookstock grant of $1,000, which is being used to stock the book cart for our age 13 to 18 teen program ready to launch at the Benzie County Jail.


Benzie County Community Chest grants Remain in Touch $1000 in recognition and ongoing support of our "outstanding work" at the Benzie County Jail. Thank you so much!

January, 2020

Remain in Touch launched a pilot program at the Leelanau County Jail to help teen children, ages 13 to 18, remain connected with their incarcerated parents. Our program for children ages 0 to 12 remains unchanged and is well-received as ever.

The Literacy Legacy Fund of Michigan awarded Remain in Touch a $500 JumpStart Financial Incentive Grant for book funding. The Literacy Legacy Fund of Michigan supports the improvement of a literate Michigan citizenry of all ages through the distribution of charitable funds to enhance literacy-related efforts. Thank you LLF!


November, 2019

Northern Latitudes Distillery in Lake Leelanau graciously hosted a fun  "Cocktails  for a Cause" event to benefit Remain in Touch. Thank you to all who attended and supported our program.

September, 2019

Remain in Touch is featured in this article in the Benzie County Record Patriot, highlighting volunteer programs that help those who are incarcerated.

March, 2019

Remain in Touch is among 12 Northern Michigan nonprofits chosen to participate this year in Pour for More, a crowd funded donation effort sponsored by locally crafted breweries, taprooms, wineries and coffee shops. We were the featured nonprofit for the month of March, and held two events: one at Rare Bird Brewpub on March 4th, and again at The Workshop Brewing Company on March 14th featuring neXus Band. We extend special appreciation to neXus Band and everyone who attended our events.


January, 2019

Suttons Bay Congregational Church hosted a Lunch & Learn presentation titled Becoming Remain in Touch.


October, 2018

Keswick United Methodist Church selects Remain in Touch as its Monthly Mission for October.

September, 2018

Read about our program in this feature article in the Traverse City Record Eagle.  What a nice bonus to learn that The Detroit News picked up the article and published our story as well, broadening our reach in the region and beyond  

August, 2018

Remain in Touch is featured in Families First. Read the "Charity Spotlight" article by our founder, Connie Eisenhart, here.  


June, 2018

Cherryland Electric Cooperative grants $1000 to Remain in Touch through its Cherryland Cares program!

May, 2018

On May 19th, Storm Cloud Brewing Company generously granted 50% of its proceeds between 4 and 6 pm to Remain in Touch! That was a benefit of $1,123!  Wow!

March, 2018

This article  in the Benzie County Record Patriot features 

Remain in Touch founder Connie Eisenhart receiving the grant

from Benzie County Community Chest.

January, 2018

Remain in Touch receives $1000 from Benzie County Community Chest 

to support program delivery at the Benzie County Jail.

October, 2017

Suttons Bay-Leelanau Rotary Club grants $500 to Remain in Touch.

Remain in Touch is featured on UpNorthLive 7&4 News: "Reading program helps inmates connect with their children while behind bars"

September, 2017  

Benzie County Cares for Kids  extends its support  with

another generous grant of $1,000!

Precision Plumbing & Heating of Traverse City awards

Remain in Touch $1000 through its Precision Cares

program! Thanks to all of our supporters

who nominated us for this award! 

August, 2017

Remain in Touch provides information booths at the Suttons Bay Art Festival and the Frankfort Art Fair.


July, 2017

The Betsie Current features a news article about Remain in Touch, which now serves inmates at the Benzie County Jail.

June, 2017

Remain in Touch is featured in a news article on June 6th in The Benzie County Record Patriot.

April, 2017  

The April 29th Silent Movie event raised $800 for Remain in Touch. Thank you to piano accompanist Lynne Long, Suttons Bay Congregational Church, and all who supported this special fundraising event.

Remain in Touch officially launched services at the Benzie County Jail on April 4th.  

March, 2017  

Remain in Touch gratefully receives local support of $500 from Meijer! 

Thanks to expanded enthusiasm and support, Remain in Touch is now serving inmates at the Benzie County Jail, while continuing to provide services in Leelanau County.

February, 2017  

Benzie County Cares for Kids (the local Child Abuse Prevention Council of the Michigan Children's Trust Fund) helps to launch Remain in Touch services in Benzie County with a generous grant of $1,000!

Grand Traverse Dyslexia Association raises $130 to benefit Remain in Touch. Thank you!

January, 2017  

Remain in Touch receives $750 from the Endowment for Leelanau, a fund of the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation.

The Leelanau Enterprise  conducts a follow-up interview with Remain in Touch founder Connie Eisenhart 

December, 2016  

The Leelanau Township Community Foundation awards a grant of $500 for the purchase of books for the Remain in Touch program

Remain in Touch receives $300 from mAIDens of Michigan to support women affected by incarceration

Remain in Touch receives matching gift of $100 from the Rotary Endowment, a partnership between the Grand Traverse Community Foundation and Rotary Charities.


November 23, 2016

Remain in Touch featured on 9 & 10 News:  A Parent's Love: From Behind Bars


October 13, 2016

Remain in Touch joins other area nonprofits for the Fuse North Nonprofit Expo at the Hagerty Center in Traverse City

October 6, 2016

Program founder Connie Eisenhart introduces Remain in Touch in this feature article in The Leelanau Enterprise  

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