Breaking Free While Locked Up

Resources

Supporting Individuals Inside

For Children and Families of Incarcerated Individuals

For Individuals Post Incarceration

For Individuals Experiencing Addiction

For Family and Friends

Trauma and Relationships


Supporting individuals inside

Prison Fellowship/Angel Tree

“Prison Fellowship believes that a restorative approach to prisoners, former prisoners, and all those affected by crime and incarceration can make communities safer and healthier. Our ministry is founded on the conviction that all people are created in God's image and that no life is beyond God's reach. As Christians, we believe that Jesus — Himself brought to trial, executed, buried, and brought to life again — offers hope, healing, and a new purpose for each life. He can make even the most broken people and situations whole again. Through an amazing awakening to new hope and life purpose, those who once broke the law are transformed and mobilized to serve their neighbors, replacing the cycle of crime with a cycle of renewal.”

Prison Fellowship allows individuals to be pen pals with people who are incarcerated. Research shared on the Federal Bureau of Prisons page provides evidence that both male and female prison pen pals who establish and maintain positive contacts outside of prison walls pursue educational opportunities, and seek normalization through friendship, etc. are less likely to re-offend.

Send a child of an incarcerated parent to camp or be a pen pal: Prison Fellowship
Write a letter or learn how writing benefits individuals in prison

Black and Pink

"Black and Pink's mission is to abolish the criminal punishment system and to liberate LGBTQIA2S+ people/people living with HIV who are affected by that system, through advocacy, support, and organizing"

Learn more about Black and Pink and how you can get involved

Between the Bars: Human Stories from Prison

​​​​​​"Between the Bars is a weblog platform for people in prison, through which the 1% of Americans who are in prison can tell their stories. Leave a comment – we'll pass it on"

Visit the Between the Bars website

Prison Book Program

"Prison Book Program mails books to people in prison to support their educational, vocational and personal development and to help them avoid returning to prison after their release. We also aim to provide a quality volunteer experience that introduces citizens to issues surrounding the American prison system and the role of education in reforming it"

Learn how you can donate books

For children and families of incarcerated individuals 

Youth.gov

Youth.gov provides a continually-updated list of tools, guides, and resources to assist teachers, school staff, youth, parents, and youth-serving organizations in caring for and supporting children who have an incarcerated parent.” 

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Puget Sound Mentoring Program

Mission: “To provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.” Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Puget Sound offers mentoring for children ages 6-18.

Website
Located in the Puget Sound Region and nationally
Enroll a Child

Children's Bureau: Working With the Correctional System and Incarcerated Parents Podcast

Children's Bureau “Features a conversation between those with experience on both sides of the working relationship between the child welfare and correctional systems. Each side of this relationship shares the same vision for the incarcerated parents: reentry into society and reunification with their family where appropriate.”

Website

Sesame Street in Communities: Coping with Incarceration

“Provides parents and caregivers with bilingual (English & Spanish) tools to help children ages 3-8 cope with the many transitions related to a parent’s incarceration.” Various resources can be found on the Sesame Street Website

Child Welfare Information Gateway

"Child Welfare Information Gateway promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families by connecting child welfare, adoption, and related professionals as well as the public to information, resources, and tools covering topics on child welfare, child abuse and neglect, out-of-home care, adoption, and more"

To learn more, visit the website
 

For individuals post-incarceration

New Connections Tacoma: Irma Gray House and Ann Flagg Cottage 

A “Supportive recovery shelter for women experiencing homelessness who have recently been released from correctional facilities in Washington State. The program includes housing, intensive resource coaching, advocacy, and reentry support."

Website
Location: Tacoma’s Hilltop Neighborhood 
Irma Gray House Application
Contact:  info@nctacoma.org

Pioneer Human Services: Residential Reentry Programs

“We are a social enterprise that provides individuals with criminal histories the opportunity to lead healthy, productive lives.”

Contact 253.272.5486 (Tacoma), 253.735.5427 (Auburn), 206.766.7031 (Seattle)
Housing Application
 

Seattle Public Library Resources for the Formerly Incarcerated

“Along with local organizations, we offer court-involved individuals, and their families, information and resources to help during and after incarceration.” 

Job Resources “Free job search and career development programs are offered at the Central Library and Ballard branch.”
Technology Skills Courses “Learn basic computer skills, how to use the Web, Microsoft Office programs and more.”
Basic Skills for Adult Learners "Learn a new computer program or social media platform. Practice your English skills or take an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) class Get help with basic math or prepare for tests. We offer in-person tutoring, informal conversation groups, classes, and online learning options to suit all learning styles.”

For more information call 206-386-4636 or visit the library
Location: Seattle Public Library,1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle, WA 98104
 

The Lionheart Foundation: State by State Listing of Re-entry Programs 

“The Lionheart Foundation, established in 1992, is a 501[c][3] nonprofit organization dedicated to providing social emotional learning programs to incarcerated adults, youth at risk and teen parents in order to significantly alter their life course.” The Lionheart Foundation provides a list of re-entry programs available in each state. 

Contact: questions@lionheart.org
 

For individuals experiencing addiction 

Alcoholics Anonymous 

“Consistent with A.A.’s primary purpose of maintaining our sobriety and helping other alcoholics achieve recovery, the Archives of Alcoholics Anonymous will:Resources available on the website
Find a meeting location near you

Recovery Cafe 

“We are a community of individuals who have been traumatized by homelessness, addiction and other mental health challenges coming to know ourselves as loved with gifts to share.”

Locations: Seattle, WA ; Tacoma, WA ; Everett, WA
Get more information on the Recovery Cafe website
Contact: 206-374-8731(Seattle location)

For family members and friends 

Al-Anon

“Al‑Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc. is a spiritually based organization that helps the families and friends of alcoholics connect and support each other through meetings, information, and shared experiences.”

Find more information on the Al-Anon website or visit Al-Anon Books to search available books

Call (757) 563 1600 or email wso@al-anon.org
Find a location near you

Alateen

“Alateen is a program in connection with Al-Anon which provides "a place where members come together to share experiences, strength, discuss difficulties and encourage one another, and hope with each other to find effective ways to cope with problems. Members help each other understand the principles of the Al-Anon program through the use of the Twelve Steps and Alateen’s Twelve Tradition. Alateen is not a place for teenagers seeking help for drinking, drug, or therapy programs, a place to complain about parents, or a social hangout"

Find a location near you

Adult Children of Alcoholics/ Dysfunctional Families 

ACA is a Twelve Step, Twelve Tradition program of men and women who grew up in dysfunctional homes: "We meet to share our experience of growing up in an environment where abuse, neglect and trauma infected us. This affects us today and influences how we deal with all aspects of our lives. ACA provides a safe, nonjudgmental environment that allows us to grieve our childhoods and conduct an honest inventory of ourselves and our family—so we may (i) identify and heal core trauma, (ii) experience freedom from shame and abandonment, and (iii) become our own loving parents.”

Located: Internationally
Contact Information 310-534-1815 or email information@acawsco.com
 

Trauma and relationships

One Love 

“One Love educates young people about the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships. We empower the next generation to love better and put a stop to relationship abuse.”
Various resources available on the One Love page

Trauma Informed Care: What it is, and Why It's Important (Harvard)

A credible written resource by Monique Tello, MD, on what trauma looks like and why trauma informed care is important

YWCA

 “YWCA USA is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities. We are one of the oldest and largest women’s organizations in the nation, serving over 2 million women, girls, and their families.”

Find a location near you
 

 

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