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Wings Ministry

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Nonprofit Overview

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

Mission: Provide support for families of inmates who often feel unwelcome in local congregations.

Community Stories

96 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering at Wings for my very first introduction to Social Work class. I was so excited when they told me I would be working with a population who needed help, a hand, and some guidance. I talked with families and children whose family members were away and from the words they spoke, I could tell all of them were just trying to be strong, stay strong. Even though these families and children are free and not locked away in jail or prison; they are still struggling with personal pressures and societal pressures of being without their family member. That's where the volunteers and the Wings members help guide them, with talks packed with helpful and needed information about; how to budget, parenting classes, ukulele classes and tutoring for the kids, how to get and keep a job, tattoos, what to ask probation/parole officers, going back to school etc. All of these talks are to empower these individuals whether they be a returning citizen, a child whose mother/father is in prison or jail, mothers of incarcerated individuals. Wings is there to offer a healthy, safe, friendly, educational, helpful, easy environment that is judge free. Being the supportive organization for people who need to be empowered, remembered, heard, and seen. I loved volunteering at Wings and even though my Social Work class has ended, I am still planning on volunteering in my free time. :)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WINGS For Life is a wonderful, sorely needed organization. I have been volunteering with them for about 3 months now and I can attest to their commitment and passion for what they do. In helping incarcerated individuals and their families, they impart a sense of hope that many of these people have never had. Breaking the cycle of incarceration is the way to keep our children out of the system and WINGS provides the tools and skills to help do that. WINGS is desperately needed and I hope to see them being used by more judicial systems all over the world.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for this organization for approximately two and a half months with the Monday Night Support Groups. I have found it very interesting and informative. The resources brought in and guest speakers that give information to the group are very helpful in meeting the needs of the returning citizens and their families.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been with Wings for almost three years and I am constantly amazed about how lives are changed through each and every meeting. A simple hello or just someone stopping and listening with genuine care and love has meant more then most realize.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wing is a wonderful organization of support and education. Love spending time with the families and children.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This program is very impressive. I was grateful to be a part of this organization. I love what they stand for and I love the community involvement that makes this program so useful for the population in which they serve. I think it's wonderful that someone thought of serving a community of families that have been devastated by the absence of their family member due to incarceration. This is great community outreach.

Crystal91

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wings provides great positive family nights on Mon nights that are great for everyone, especially children. Much is information is gained, as there are a variety of topics discussed. They have also provided me with a positive purpose as a returning citizen coming back into society wanting to do positive and meaningful things.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first came to Wings For L.I.F.E. as a short-term worker through NICOA.Frankly, I didn't think I would like it, but in the two months that I worked here, I came to understand the important work that Wings does to help inmates and their families to remain connected during incarceration. Once my time at Wings was completed, I signed up as a volunteer because I wanted to be a part of this wonderful VERY non-profit organization. I am proud to help represent them.
Margo Tracy

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I have known Ann and supported Wings for over a decade now and I say without reservation that in my 25 years of correctional experience this is one of the most positively impactful ministries available to incarcerated persons and their families. I appreciate the simplicity, sincerity and consistency of the Wings message and the professionalism of the kinds of volunteers attracted to this ministry. I continue to promote the expansion of Wings in Ohio.