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Strong Prison Wives and Families, Inc.

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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

96 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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Laurenstoneberger

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I would have been lost without this site during my husbands time in prison. Thank you to all who run this site!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

DamonsWife05

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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

Writer

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Uplifting and informative, encouraging and empowering.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Very inspiring! The best quotes and stories from other people who understand.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

1 Jen_63

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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.



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StrongPrisonWives 07/07/2016

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. :)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

2 Stephanie243

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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.

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StrongPrisonWives 05/25/2016

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

4 Sami M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am so thankful for this site. I have been following Ro since this all started.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Thank you
for all the services you provide

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

2 Misty R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

These ladies give me hope and strength to get through this time in my life.

2 Daynielle D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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