Since 2000, we have led the effort to help women through networking and community. We have been at the forefront of outreach for women in recovery and women with loved ones incarcerated.
- The Education Program (EP) is designed as an outreach to the community, schools, justice system, facilities, organization faith base and non-faith base and wellness centers. Our value is that education will be a major factor of creating change for this population of women.
- The Mentorship Program (MP) is one of our most important programs in our organization. Calibrating working with faith base programs, We believe by providing mentee’s and mentors to the women we can aim for spiritual connections that will begin and continue the healing process. Mentorship Program also is a socialization program to improve peer and community relationships.
- The Peer Support Groups (PSG) is designed to allow a place for women to process their thoughts and feelings on the challenges of being a woman with a incarcerated family member and woman working out her sobriety. The support groups run for an hour and half, the first hour on processing and the last half hour to split into educational piece by an experienced facilitator.
- Wellness Workshops (WW) are focused to build the staff and attendees on areas designed to teach or introduce to participants practical skills, techniques, or ideas which they can then use in their work or their daily lives.
How we differ
We differ from other organizations for a few reasons. First we create an environment to support and address women in recovery AND women with family members in prisons. We create programs that will connect, encourage and build women in hopes of reducing the stigma and discrimination that have tainted the women’s reputation. We use supportive and therapeutic coaching strategies which are performed by peer support staff, for wellness without the clinical practice.
"Families of inmates have been called the "hidden victims of crime"
It’s no secret that the U.S. is a leading incarcerator. In fact, over 2 million Americans – 1 in 108 American adults – are behind bars – the highest ratio in the world.
When a crime is committed, there are victims other than the primary victim(s). These secondary victims include the families of the primary victim and another often overlooked group of victims -- family members of the person who has committed the crime. The families of inmates are often overlooked in research and in designing social programs, yet many suffer devastating consequences as a result of a loved one's incarceration."
So many of the spouses who are left at home suffer from feelings of being an outcast, guilt, shame, loneliness, financial hardship, and sexual frustration. Phoning can be expensive. There is even stress from the visiting room procedures that many prisons impose on families. The sense of being demoralized begins even before a loved one is sent off to prison. Approximately 50% of marriages dealing with a possible prison term end in separation or divorce prior to a spouse being incarcerated.