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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

105 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

2

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.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wings for Life is a great non-profit charity. As a volunteer I was able to get to know many returning citizens, and the dreams and goals they set for themselves. The staff is great and very helpful. Hozer Nunez.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was placed at Wings For Life to complete my social work practicum in the Spring of 2017. Upon attending meetings, and being a part of the work done in the office, I learned how to better communicate with others, as well as become more in tuned with people and their real life situations. Wings For Life gave me the opportunity to get to know people on a level deeper than the surface mask, and that is something that is greatly appreciated.

-Selena Vineyard

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wings is a phenomenal organization. It helps not only children and families, but I also worked with some great returning citizens.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started out my volunteer services for Wings For Life through a internship program. I enjoy going to Wings For Life on Mondays, it is a different experience every time I attend. When I first went to Wings For Life I did not know what to expect and who I would meet. To this day I met quite a few families and learn a lot about what the struggles those families go through to live an everyday life. They are inspirational and a joy to have got to know, both the families and the other volunteers. I have to say I met some very interesting people, I enjoyed the guest speakers and the parenting program was educational and fun. This non-profit organization is awesome , they have many services to offer and they treat you as you were family. In fact, that is what Wings For Life is one big happy family!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I take my therapy dog to meetings to help with emotional support and reading. I can see the difference this organization makes to its clients.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Interning at Wings For L.I.F.E. has been a rewarding experience never to be forgotten. I was introduced to Ann through mutual ministry partners five years ago. A student internship was never on my radar, but through a series of events I found myself under the tutelage of Ann. She has a passion for the mission "transforming lives to break the generational cycle of incarceration" that is contagious. Seeing lives being transformed is the best reward any volunteer could experience.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Although I had never heard of this organization before, I am proud that someone took the time to help those who have had issues in the past with a loved one who is (has) been incarcerated. Ann is passionate about this as she comes from where those seeking help are today. My exposure to this was do to a class assignment and it has awakened me with the struggles that families face with a loved one who is incarcerated. The program gets the families involved with new and different events/experiences. This program wants to break the circle of being arrested and shows the youngest members in these families that they don't need to follow in the path of those closest to them. Bravo!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I chose WFL because it fit perfectly with my schedule. After spending some time volunteering, it's been a great experience. I would love to continue volunteering when my schedule permits. Everything they do to support the community is wonderful. The commitment and enthusiasm shown by everyone is apparent the minute you walk in the door. I want to thank them for letting me experience this program.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a volunteer in Wings for life, it was great, people are so nice, and they have a special topic that help you in your life when you are facing a family problem. This organization is great, it can change your life if you attend the meeting every week. If you can bring your kids in the meeting it's a good choice because they have a special program for the kids.