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Strong Prison Wives and Families, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Counseling, Humanities, Mental Health

Mission: To provide a support network designed to help prison wives & families break the cycle, defy stigma & reduce recidivism.

Results: As our non profit community grows, so do the demands of our members. We are currently looking to add additional programs for our members to meet their needs.

Target demographics: all prison wives and family members globally

Direct beneficiaries per year: 25,000 prisoners wives and family members

Geographic areas served: the United States of America

Programs: 1. Online Support Community 2. Girls' Night In Parties (GNI) 3. SPWF Mentoring Program 4. Sister Sorority (Formerly Sister Support Network) 5. Life Class, Book Club

Community Stories

107 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This group is a lifeline to so many women (and men) who have loved ones in prison. We are involved in an entirely different world and set of circumstances that most people will never have to experience. Without Ro and the rest of the amazing people involved with this venture so many of us would be lost and not know where to turn for support and understanding. We are the "blacksheep of the family" in this world of judgement and criticism, I fear that without this group for support many women would simply give up hope. This group helps us to continue to be the Strong Women that we are by joining forces, sharing stories and simply loving each other.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This amazing non profit has helped me cope with loving someone while they are inside. They have offered a tremendous amount of support as a member, and I couldn’t have made it this far without them. As a volunteer, I have been given the opportunity to advocate and share my story to those. I’ve also been given the opportunity to mentor and support others going through the same process that I did...learning to cope with the loss of your loved one due to incarceration. The love, support and education I have received from this non profit has been priceless!

Client Served

Rating: 5

SPWF brings me a sense of joy and community. It reminds me of the way children play together at a park or public area. They don't need to know all of each other's details to be kind to one another. They look across a field or a slide and agree to journey together. "Do you want to play? Yes!" They do. They live in a moment together and become instant friends. Kids are amazing! They hold a sense of wonder and empathy that transcends details.

That's how I feel within this community. SPWF doesn't care what your LO's charges are or whether you met pre or post incarceration. Someone is going to reach out their hand to you and see if you want to play tag, build a fort, or spin in circles until everyone is disoriented and falls down. SPWF will make sure that we all have a safe place to land. Someone will always help stop the bleeding when you scrape your knee, share a laugh when you tell an excellent joke, offer a hug when you cry, remind you to use your words when you're angry, and kindly let you know when you have a booger sticking out of your nose.

SPWF never makes anyone sit alone in the lunchroom. Even if you're a bit discombobulated, wounded, or delightfully odd, SPWF will welcome you. SPWF will pull out a chair and build a longer table for anyone that needs a reminder that they belong. SPWF is a labor of love and illustrates that another world is in fact possible.

Client Served

Rating: 5

An amazing organization. Before I found SPWF I felt so lonely. I had no one to relate to, no one to talk to. It sometimes felt like I was lost and alone but SPWF has been like a lifeline to me. I have been able to connect with real people that are in a similar situation. Fighting against the stigma, educating, supporting each other, laughing, crying, empowering, encouraging, such a great community. I could never fully express the impact SPWF has had on my life.

MrsB1948

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering for Strong Prison Wives and Families Inc. It's been almost 7 years and it has empowered me so much. Thank you for everything.

1 Taarnaz

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This site is amazing. Before finding SPWF I felt like I was the only one suffering out there. Family and friends had no clue what i was going through. I had so much pain and emotions taking over me.

At SPWF i was able to start a discussion and there are real people giving out advise as well as sharing what they were and are going through. No one was negative toward another member, they understood your pain, your sleepless nights as well as your daily struggles.

Our Loved Ones are incarcerated for different reasons but we can still connect with and help out each other.

This site has made me a stronger person instead of a weaker person for what i am going through.

They share appropriate very useful links to aid in your healing process.

I love the YouTube videos and links so much that i can spend hours watching them. They really are a self help tool.

I am very grateful for Admin Ro for starting this site and for all the hard work she does to make our lives much better. I'm thankful for the other Admins as well overseeing what goes on here.

Love Strong, Stay Strong!
Chantay

1 Carli J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Strong Prison wives and Families as been a amazing strength to me as a wife. It’s become my safe place when it feels like the entire world is judging you for being a prison wife. It’s been my privilege to be a volunteer to help other wives and family members find their strengths just as I have.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started out as a member and worked the courage to become a volunteer. My husband is serving his time in the FBOP. His judge was harsh and gave the maximum more than even requested by government. We are 1year and 319 days in with 6years and 328 days left.

When I first joined, I watched the videos read the posts think oh no not me that we my be me I will never be "okay" with not writing everyday or at least everyweek....I will never be able to go with out speaking to him. They all assured us newbies it would happen and it has. Why because with working and trying to maintain the secret life of prison wife that takes a toll on us.

Having this group has let me know every feeling I have the good and the bad are NORMAL and all part of a process we go through especially those in for longer bids.

It gave me a outline of what to expect during each stage of my husband's process. And it is a learning curve no two cases are the same, no two facilities are the same. But with the support of SPWF I feel empowered like I can make it through this. That if all these others are here doing it making it work many with even longer bids than myself then I need to pick myself up dust myself off and push through.

And with this lesson SPWF ALWAYS chooses us the families. Not a well they are in prison they get a pass on their attitude no ma'am/ sir if your LO is not treating you right regardless of the type of relationship we are going to tell you we are going to say hey you deserve better than he/she is giving you and you need to make sure you let them know this. We build each other up give each other the support we long for and miss from our LOs. We make sure to remind each other self care is important to our ability to make it through this without resentment towards our LOs.

I am so sad I am not able to attend the conference to meet these other volunteers in person but I am so looking forward to the relationships I continue to build thanks to this organization and I hope help play my part in breaking the stigma on not just our loved ones but the stigmas put on us the families as well.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found this organization in 2015 however didn't join it until 2016. By the beginning of 2017 I became a volunteer. This organization has helped me so much it empowered me to find my voice, establish goals for myself, and improve my self-confidence all while dealing with a loved one inside prison and the stigma that goes with it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found this group 8 months after my husband was sentenced to 10 years in Federal Prison, it has truly saved me. Showed me that I was not alone and helped me to find friends that have become like family and who truly understand what I am going through each day.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Today is the one year anniversary of my husband starting his prison sentence. this group has saved my sanity and given me purpose as we get through the next few years.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thankfully someone had the opportunity and idea to come up with a support group to help families get refocused. After the devastating events that happen as your loved one is arrested, this group was a huge help in our world.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I would be lost without the strength of the volunteer team. They have guided me when I felt lost and in my darkest days.

Thank you to Ro everyone else for your strong words, tough love, and laughs.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm not able to get online much. But reading some of the profiles of some of the members are amazing. I really don't see how some of them have gotten through there significant others incarceration time. My bf is in his 2nd facility to finish his time out. And the way it looks when he is done with this sentence. He will be going to 3rd facility to finish another sentence out. Thanks for being here. Love to you all.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

i dont even remember how i came across the group but i luv reading all the articles frm different areas as i hve my husband @ the Connally Unit, my grSon @ Briscoe & my nephew @ Estele H.S. keep up the gud work & all the positive input u provide is greatly appreciated.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Strong Prison Wife Organization has helped and is still helping my family to keep going with our daily battle. Till this day we have not lost hope and faith for Daddy's homecoming. My husband is currently incarcerated. He will be completing 3 years on October 2017 in a Texas Federal Prison Camp but with Gods willing we are down to 5 months left to this nightmare journey. SPWF not only is a great organization but it helps you understand and communicate with other people dealing with similar issues. We are glad this group exist because when you have someone behind bars no matter the education, the amount of money or career path you have had, no matter the circumstances, as a human being you WILL get looked down on for supporting or loving a "criminal." I AM A PROUD PRISON WIFE. My son and I love Daddy very much and people deserve second chances. SPWF has been our backbone down this entire journey.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Spwf has given me a place to laugh til I cry, vent about daily struggles and become educated in how to be a better wife! thank you to all the volunteers!

2

Client Served

Rating: 4

They have been such a huge impact in my life so I can meet women who are going through the same journey as me .

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This site has truly helped me! It's not easy being a prison wife, but knowing that there are other ladies (and gents) going though something similar, and sharing our stories, has truly helped! Knowing I'm not the only one going through this...

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Client Served

Rating: 5

SPWF has helped me feel understood and not alone for many years. I feel comfortable sharing my hopes, fears, and problems with the members of this community and they always reply with love and empathy.
Thanks for your hard work and for being there for us!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

SPWF is an amazing organization that supports prison Wives and families on levels no other group does. I LOVE SPWF❣️