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Wings For Life International

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Causes: Counseling, Crime & Law, Inmate Support, Mental Health

Mission: Transforming lives to break the generational cycle of incarceration.

Results: Wings For L.I.F.E. - Life-skills Imparted to Families through Education (WFL), a National and State Best Practice Model and has received the following recognition and awards: • National Award of Excellence in Crime Prevention - American Probation & Parole Association • 2017 NM Children’s Law Institute’s Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Award • 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Keep the Dream Alive Award • 2017 NM Innovative Behavioral Health Program Star, one of the top 10 Behavioral Health programs in New Mexico

Target demographics: Families of prisoners and returning citizens

Direct beneficiaries per year: Almost 9,000 individuals

Geographic areas served: 20 states, Kenya and India

Programs: Weekly educational program called Wings For L.I.F.E. - Life-skills Imparted to Families through Education and prison and community Family Days.

Community Stories

114 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Porsha L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I enjoyed my time volunteering for Wings! I learned a lot, and met a lot of really amazing and unique individuals!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the honor of interning here for credits towards my degree in social work and I had a wonderful time! It was great meeting amazing people and getting to hear their stories and seeing them work on bettering themselves. Everyone is so nice and welcoming and you learn important life skills.
-KC Burruss

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a returning citizen and intern, I have had the privilege to experience the love and benefits of Wings. I have witnessed so many people of different age, ethnicity, and gender benefit from this organization. It is a blessing to come to an environment that is consistent of help and unity. I recommend that any person come. I personally have learned how to deal with social and family barriers in a healthy manner. Wings has so much to offer; never experiencing becomes a loss.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wings for life was very welcoming, and it was an honor to get to meet such amazing people from all backgrounds. The staff all work hard to make Wings the positive atmosphere that it is. Thank you for the opportunity to intern here.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wings for life is such an amazing organization, especially for returning citizens and their families.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to Wings to complete hours for a class. At first, I was not sure what to expect. However after I went to that first dinner, I knew I was hooked. They create and promote such a family environment there. No matter who you are you will feel welcome. They have an incredible staff who are so knowledgeable about the real world. If you get an opportunity to attend any of their Monday night dinners or other events, I would highly recommend it. You will leave feeling great and counting down the days until you can see your new family again.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi, I recently volunteered at this non-profit organization and it was an inspirational experience to see people want to turn their lives around. I loved volunteering at this organization; due to the fact, everybody is friendly and the chance to do some good in the community. I would recommend this organization to anybody who wants to help out the community or are coming back into society from being incarcerated.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi, my name is DeeDee
I was an volunteer at wings for life. I had an awesome experience got to meet wonderful nice people all who greeted you with open hands. Wings for life programs is very nice i got to work with families and kids of all different ages we did many different crafts even learned proper table manners. Great place to volunteer
thanks you Wings for life

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CNM Student Volunteer,

I attend CNM college and in one of my class, one of my assignments was to do volunteer work. I had chosen Wings for Life, I was very impressed and inlighten of this charity program. How they help individuals that have to start over in there lives after they are released from incarceration. How to cope with society again. Wings for Life gives them the hope and the resources to start a new life. I was touched by the stories of many who have succeeded with this program. The kindness, caring, and humbleness of the people that run the charity program. I was once in a hardship and had to raise two daughters, but with the help of my church and other resources, I was able to get back on my feet after a very hard divorce. I am blessed to have met so many caring, and helpful people. So I always said I would give back to my community when someone needs help. It takes a want and choices to make it in this world and it is possible to succeed. It always up to the individual. Believe, be strong and courageous it is possible. I know I was once there.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I currently volunteer with Wings For LIFE International and I can honestly
say that I am proud to be a part of this organization. The people from the
population Wings works with are from all walks of life but all are treated
equally. I have learned a great deal from this organization and gladly promote
them with a great many people. Many were never even aware that their were even
programs out there like that that work with returning citizens.
The Monday night programs, the speakers, the special Christmas parties, the Family Days at the prisons, etc, are all very welcoming and informative.
I enjoy meeting all the different people, the interns we host and learning new
information. Thank you Wings for all the hard work put into your program.




2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with Wings For Life was an awesome experience. They are dedicated to the community and providing opportunities to those who may not have them anywhere else. Overall, they are a great organization.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The reason I found out about Wings For Life was because it was required to do an internship for a class I'm taking. Although, I was required to intern my time at Wings For Life was not wasted. The organization is amazing and filled with so many passionate and dedicated people. Albuquerque has a very high crime so a program like Wings is a very noble cause to try and help those who are returning to society. Wings is like one big happy family! I have enjoyed my time at Wings and hope that I will be able to keep in touch. Thank you for the wonderful and memorable experience.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I truly loved being a volunteer here at wings for life. It's inspiring how much passion and dedication Ann and her staff have for helping the community. With our crime rate being so high in Albuquerque, its great to see a group like this making efforts towards helping the problem rather than just acknowledging it. It was also great to see how the people who attended the weekly meetings were impacted by wings and how the program has influenced them to make changes in their lives. Great organization!!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was a great first experiance work with charity and nonprofit organization. I enjoyed the time and skills that wings had to offer. I liked that they helped family and children as well, this shows there is hope.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been attending Wings for life as a volunteer since September. Being a part of wings has been a great experience. I look forward to it every Monday especially being a member at the dinner table and contributing to group discussion about everyday topics such as "what makes good family relationships" or "what makes up a good resume." Helping out with the children is also a big part of what makes wings memorable . I had a chance to plan an activity for the children which was a great experience in helping me in my career path. I hope that after my internship is over I can still be a part of this awesome organization.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In a political climate where everything is geared by "us" and "them," it's so nice to go to Wings For Life where we all belong. This is a wonderful program that is managed purely by love and faith in humankind. Ann, Yolanda, and the Wings staff are loving and welcoming to everyone no matter what your unique circumstances may be. I started going here to "help" others but the truth is, they've helped me so much more. I'm blessed for the friendships I've made through Wings.
Beth M.

1 Danyella G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a volunteer for Wings, and what there doing is just life changing. They really care about all of these families, they welcome them with open arms and mind. There is no judgement, everyone is so nice and friendly and willing to help in any way possible. This made me want to help more in any way that i could be of service. The resources they provide from family dinners, parenting classes, and the activities for the children. It is something amazing that they are doing and changing lives.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at Wings for life and it was just great. You learn proper etiquette at a dinner table, how to set a table. It's a really great feeling helping others and you get a great experience here and everyone is so welcoming. I needed 30 hours for a class a UNM, but I am proud to say I will continue to come after I have completed my hours.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at Wings for LIFE for my CNM service learning. I enjoy the time I spent there, meeting and getting to know new people. It helps you learn about the community and is a way you can help with community involvement. Wings is a good and enjoyable learning experience.
Angel

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had to complete service learning hours for school and was thankful to have been placed at Wings for LIFE. This organization teaches life skills and coping mechanisms to people returning to society as well as their families including children. They also help people with basic needs like food and clothing. In my opinion this organization and organizations like it are exactly what's needed to help end unhealthy life cycles for future generations.