Captive Hearts was founded by Chaplain Judy Boen in March 2000 in her home.  It was birthed out of a vision for hurting individuals who had given up hope and had nowhere to turn for help.  We are located on the Central Coast in Grover Beach, San Luis Obispo County, California, midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

In 2001, we incorporated as a 501(c)(3) organization in response to the growing need for in-patient and transitional residential care and recovery services for women. We began outreaching and helping women in our area, as well as inside San Luis County Jail. In early 2003, we opened an office in Grover Beach where women, families and those who had been released from jail or prison could receive guidance, loving support and follow-up care. From there we opened our first in-patient residential program.


Chaplain Judy Boen, San Luis Obispo County Women’s Jail

Our team of volunteers visit women inmates at the San Luis Obispo County Jail on Tuesdays each week.  We have four teams of women that go into the jail each week to encourage and assist inmates and officers, as well as their families in an effort to bring love and hope to them.  Chaplain Judy teaches a class on Tuesdays as well, but spends most of her time ministering one on one in counseling sessions. With approval from the jail authorities, we also supply Bibles and reading materials to those asking for them.  Once they are released, we follow up and make our services available, offer community service hours, if needed, and are there for them as a community support. We don’t believe anyone is ever too lost to turn their lives around.