No family wants to see one of its members go off to prison. Mothers and fathers, husbands, brothers, sisters, and children are devastated when their loved one is incarcerated. Families who have a member in prison are a hidden and isolated group.
As they try to deal with every day life on the outside, their fear of stigma means they suffer a silent sentence of their own and their needs to go unnoticed.
Families of the Incarcerated helps the families left behind when a member has been imprisoned. The mission of Families of the Incarcerated is to support these families and restore our communities to wholeness.
Families of the Incarcerated provides support to the whole family when and where they need it:
- School-based interventions;
- A parenting program for those whose partner is incarcerated;
- Organized transportation for a nominal fee for adults and free for children for visits to the incarcerated in order to foster/preserve family connections; and
- Direct outreach to overcome feelings of isolation and maintain connections in the larger community.
Workshops, facilitated in both English and Spanish, are offered throughout the county, at St. Patrick Church in Los Angeles, St. Mary Academy in Inglewood, and St. Anthony Church in San Gabriel. These sessions minister to more than 300 family members.
Each year, FOI organizes trips to more than a dozen prisons/jails throughout the state to foster and preserve connections for more than 400 family members, including children. The ministry also offers ongoing spiritual accompaniment and support, including a Christmas party for nearly 200 family members.
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