I found SPWF after a long 8 months of depression and loneliness after my husband was incarcerated. In October, my husband suffered an emergency medical situation that needed immediate attention and help from higher resources to correct the extreme medical neglect in our prison system. Without this group and the immediate answers, Knowledge and overall empathy from the amazing people involved, my husband may have not been able to make it through his medical crisis and be able to be transferred to a facility that was able to properly care for him. I will forever be thankful for each and every one of you that helped, messaged and prayed for our family. This group is truly amazing.
Strong Prison Wives is amazing. I love that there is a safe place to discuss what we're going through during our difficult journey. Thank you!
Finding this nonprofit was so important to me not feeling so alone going through life with my husband being incarcerated. I finally found others who understood exactly what I was going through which helped a lot in my day to day life.
Shortly after finding the nonprofit, I also started volunteering because I wanted to help others and make sure that the loved ones of the incarcerated people don't go through that same "feeling alone". Having a loved one incarcerated is already a lot to deal with and having that support system can make all the difference in the world.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
They have been such a huge impact in my life so I can meet women who are going through the same journey as me .
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...
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!
SPWF is an amazing organization that supports prison Wives and families on levels no other group does. I LOVE SPWF❣️
My biological family does not except my marriage to an inmate. So I had no one to talk to about my happiness, anger, and pain. Then I found Strong Prison wives and families. They have helped me stay strong and understand that what others think is not as important as what I think. I love my husband and thank the women from this site for being there.
VERY helpful for me when I need advice or support. It is an invaluable resource.
They have been a lifeline for me in my journey with my incarcerated fiance. I don't know where I'd be without their support.
Strong Prison Wives and Families is an amazing group! They are extremely supportive! My fiance is incarcerated and this group has given me so much support and hope! He has a little over a year left to serve and then will be coming home! So many people judge you during this experience, but this group is just so wonderful! You get to connect with people all over going through similar situations. This group is truly a blessing!
Great support group. You can get alot of great advice or just find people that understand what you are going through with no judgement.
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.
This is not only my story but the story of thousands of women across America. Women like myself who have children and histories of love and care for an incarcerated person.
Our story is real, difficult to express to others whose experience isn't like ours, Steong Prison Wives fills a deep void, we find nurture, understanding and wellness in our FB community. I am so happy to have support, it's a neccissity.
I love this organization it still is my support. I depend on these ladies these prison wives are awesome.
I've been on their app and Facebook page and it's helped so much. Seeing others going through what I'm going through makes me feel less alone. And it's great to be part of a non judgemental group.
Strong prison wives and family has helped me soo much especially when I was a first timer and I felt lost and like I was alone. I found this group and find friends and loving Administrators that are always there to help. This is a wonderful group I'm very glad to be apart of it
SPWF has helped me beyond belief. Ro's optimism, attitude and overall positive outlook are more inspiring than anything I've ever experienced in life. If this woman can smile and be so happy while dealing with the terrible, unfair situation she is in, none of us have any excuse not to. The live videos are my favorite. Funny and I learn so much. Thank you for all of the support, love and life lessons. I could not have survived this experience without spwf and the life long friends I made through the org. The programs are amazing. Girls Night In is my favorite. It gives me something to do on Fridays and it keeps me sane.
When I felt the world had turned its back on me and I had no one to talk to and no one who would listen, my strong prison wives family saved me. Listening to Ro on her live chats is the highlight of my week! This group is my life line.
If you need a strong support system, a group of women that understands you and your struggles on this journey as a prison wife. They are very informative. Very positive, very loving, with this group we are truly a family we are sister and I just love them.
This has been a great resource for us.we as a group encourage each other listen to each other and help each other.its a great group if someone is looking for help with topics that we all face or if u just needs a friendly ear to vent to.
Having a loved one incarcerated can be a tragic event; these women have shown me that it is just a chapter in my life journey. Thank you!
I would have been lost without this site during my husbands time in prison. Thank you to all who run this site!!
Without this wonderful and empowering group of women I am not sure I would have had the strength to make it through our time. Strong is an understatement when it comes to the support they give women like me on a daily basis.
Just joined, I'm a MWI,LiferWife to an AWESOME gentleman together 16 years,married for 12 ! Because of him being incarcerated I don't have that much support out here with people I know! I found this group and thought Thank ya Jesus,in not alone! Thank you
Uplifting and informative, encouraging and empowering.
Very inspiring! The best quotes and stories from other people who understand.
This group is a life line in a hard journey!! I don't know where or what I would do without the support and encouragement!
I absolutely adore Strong Prison Wives & Families, Inc. I originally started out as a member, but over the years have become a volunteer. I love that I can give back a few hours of my free time to such an amazing organization. It allows me to feel a part of something larger, to know that I am doing something for the greater good, and allows me to connect with some fabulous women on a deeper level. Join us!
I found SPWF at probably my lowest point ever in my life. I was scared. I was all-alone in the world and didn't know what to do or where to go. My friends and family couldn’t relate. My life had been turned upside down by my husband’s arrest. The community and support provided by SPWF allowed me to get through the first struggles, where of course I had a thousand questions as I was learning about court and lawyers. However, what happened next was amazing, the community overtook all my problems; the people really truly cared about me and began to help me with my own internal issues, and myself not just the fact that my husband was in jail. I joined their groups, where I learnt about self-care, motivation, health and fitness and oh so much more. This not for profit has gone above and beyond in helping me become the confident woman I am today, and they still help me every day to grow into a more productive resilient woman. Thank you.
On April 27,2016 I wrote a review on SPWF,Ro you got it all wrong i did not and have not ever written anything on your facebook page as i dont even have a facebook page of my own.I actually believe it was Jo ugly ass who deleted me,we were on the post together.Matter of fact i believe the member i was stating my opinion to was called Skelly i believe i wasnt being offensive and she and i was discussing an issue her husband was having,Jo got in on the discussion.I guess because i wasnt stroking the lady but telling the truth somebody didnt like that.I remember the exact top,the nice lady was saying they were giving her husband a hard way because she works at a jail so he knows the rules on a certain topic and i told her he is in the majority not the minority bcause almost all prisoners know that handbook.That was a problem?Jo could have approached me like a woman before deleting my page.I stand on what i said if u are not stroking but voice your opinion(because i would never be fake)u become the villian.I always kept it real thats why even though i got kicked off the page half these women are still on my phone and if i came back would be jumping for joy,like last time,numerous women came to my page and all said the same thing "glad your back so we can have some realness on the page"So you got me pegged wrong i never had a facebook page,no need for one.Now i can leave this alone or we can continue to talk about it,i would suggest in your next meeting you tell your henchmen if they have a issue with ones opinion to approach them woman to woman you never know what people could be going through but to flat out delete the page,of your so called"sister"Jo was out of order.So again this was on SPWF.I will never try to come back or anything im good,i would just tell a new member proceed with caution but be real.Take care and i wish all the prisonwives and girlfriends the very best,this is a ugly lifestyle but its doable,you have to learn to cope with the ugly side of it,blessings.-Trophywife1205 or Histrophy1205 or The Notorious Trophywife1205.(all my screen names i been on there a few times.
Thank you again for sharing your opinion; we appreciate any feedback we can use to provide SPWF users with a better experience. While we encourage members to speak in a authentic voice, SPWF does not tolerate attacks against other members under the guise of "not being fake." We do not tolerate hateful words toward other members, or groups of our members. With that said, I'm happy to read you've made friends through SPWF and continue to offer support to each other. As a non profit organization, this type of support is part of our mission. Happy it worked out for you. :)
I would be so lost with out this amazing community. It lifts me and my relationship up and connects me with others walking down the same difficult path. I would be very isolated and in despair with out this strong prison wives community to educate and encourage me. In turn I now feel that I can offer my support and wisdom to others as well. This helps me find meaning behind the struggles we each face individually, yet we are no longer alone when we share our burdens and triumphs with each other in such a safe space.
This is an awesome way to connect with women, and families whose loved ones are/were incarcerated.
I've been on this site for over a year since me and my friend-guy who is currently in prison had started talking. I didn't know where to turn until a "Google search" brought me here! I've been a faithful member since!
Ro and her team are an awesome group of women who deserves great gratitude and then some!
Keep it up y'all!
-Queen Afrika Balogun
The women on this group has helped me know that I'm not the only one with the same worries, concerns, as well as given me the advice without even asking, just by reading some of the other women's posts and comments on here. They've given me strength in so many ways. Thank you ladies.
I did not have a good experience with this site at all.I found out as long as your saying the idea things to stroke these women in their time of distress or anything that goes with being a prisonwife in general their ok with you,but to voice your own opinion and speak against anything on the page you dont believe in you become the villian.Ro you are a joke,quit asking already struggling women for donations you dont have children the majority of them do.
We're very sorry you feel that way about Strong Prison Wives & Families. I recall the exact issue in which you're referring to, which to clarify, took place on our Facebook wall, not on our website. While we at SPWF believe that everyone has a unique voice and we welcome different opinions, we absolutely do not tolerate discussion of illegal topics, including what you "got away with" inside a prison visiting room. We're sorry that you felt as if you were being treated as a "villain" when our volunteers kindly suggested that you practice self respect and begin living above the stigma we're attempting to break. Hopefully after some soul-searching you'll give StrongPrisonWives.com another chance. Best wishes, Ro
I am so thankful for this site. I have been following Ro since this all started.
Ro is an amazing womyn. I have been following her site from the beginning. I know this is an excellent website for wives and families with an incarcerated loved one. The knowledge is exponential in the lives it touches.
for all the services you provide
This site has helped me vent and be able to give advice to other women in my samw situation, they are supportive and kind with lots of great ideas!!! Thank you for all that you do and the hard work you put in
Everything to do with incarceration was new to me and I NEVER thought I would end up in the position I am in now. I had questions, even about the most basic of things, i.e. what am I allowed to wear to visit? This group of women are overwhelmingly supportive and honest. This has made a world of difference in how I am going to make it through, in fact, may not have been able to make it through his sentence without their support.
These ladies give me hope and strength to get through this time in my life.
SPWF has been there for me since my husband got picked up 4 months ago. They are truly a group of strong women to want to help others going through the same things that they are. I am so grateful for the women in his group, they have helped me through such a rough time. I know I wouldn't make it to my husbands parole date without them. ALL LOVE SPWF
Question? When you visit and have to stay the night, do you go for the fancy room with the Jacuzzi? or the just get cheep as possible? :) A lot of women will answer these and some other awesome questions. Even when you are just losing it on the pillow, falling apart. Great Admin.
I have had a hard time with dealing with my husband being incarcerated and this group has helped me so much. They are my go to whe im feeling down or need any kind of advice in helping myself or my son deal with this situation. Love this group. If you need advice with dealing with an incarcerated spouse this is the place for you. Its a judgment free zone wich makes it that much better to express yourself.
Amazing organization helping not only women but families too during what can seem like the most difficult time of their lives in the moment...but with the love and support of others going through similar situations can be made bearable. Love the groups, suggestions and friends that I have made!
This group is amazing support during one the hardest times in our mine and my husbands life. My husband is away serving time for a drug addiction, even though we have support from family and friends its not quiet time the same. They are here for you no matter what, to pick you up when you need it. They understand the emotional ups and downs this life can be. They are light in the darkest times, the shoulder you need and they are there to cherish the small, silly moments and big triumphs. Thank you my SPWF family!!
Great help! Always there to support prison wives and girlfriends! Some women are going through this the first time and are new about how prison works. Somebody in the group has answers and support always! It's great to share stories!
This site gives supports to women and families that have loved ones that are away temporary or long term.
This nonprofit is helping me by providing support during one of the most difficult times in my life. The best part about this group is that they allow candid sharing of emotions, support and resources, and camaraderie to a demographic that is often overlooked. Many in this demographic (wives and families of those who are incarcerated) are often stereotyped and judged because of a loved one that has made mistakes in their life, and is now paying severe consequences. With this group, the participants are able to feel loved, safe from judgment, and know that they are not alone. They provide forums with many detailed questions, monthly chat sessions where members can talk with and provide support for each other, and a Facebook-like status update for members to post current statuses of their lives, as well as the ability to upload blog postings. When I found this nonprofit, I finally felt as though there was a group that understood what I was going through, even when I didn't understand it. As a new member, I didn't know where to start, but many of the older members helped me and guided me through the process. Their support has helped me keep my head up, come to terms with the future, and reassures me that I'm not alone. I found a place where I could be myself, and not be judged because of the people that are in my life. The group is a diverse, vibrant, cohesive bunch of women, who want nothing more than to help others that are going through a similar situation.
I absolutely loved this group .. I honestly don't know how I would have made it without these ladies for support.There was always someone to talk to .Love ,Love, Love "Strong Prison Wives and families"
My fiance is in prison. My friends and immediate family try to be supportive but it not the same as someone knowing what it's really like. I googled support group for prison families and found this site. I have made some great friends from all over the country that know exactly what I'm feeling. This site is what has kept me going. I don't know how I would make it thru his incarceration without it!
This is a great way to get the support u need when a loved one is in prison. They have resources that can help you fight to get them out.