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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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Client Served

Rating: 5

SPWF has been a god-send to me! Until I found this community I felt alone, like no one understood the stigma and judgement of being a prison wife. I'm so so so thankful I found this site!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SPWF is an amazing organization! I came into this journey unaware of what might future my be. I found SPWF and found home and knew I would be OK. I have found lasting friendships, undying support, and a wonderful group of woman who understand the daily struggles we face as "prison wives".

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a difficult journey and these women sure help get me through each day. I have made some great friendships and they will be in my life forever. We encourage and support one another and there is NO judgement...Couldn't have made it through this time without them.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This place has been a lifesaver. Many people don't understand where we are coming from being in love with an inmate. I have met new friends and gotten a lot of advice and encouragement. We support eachother and build eachother up. Love this site and these ladies.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love this site. Not to many people understand what it's like to be in love with a man doing time. I struggled with feeling alone because no one I understand my situation and judged me but that all changed when I joined this site. I connect with woman on a regular basis who understand what I'm going through and some who have been where I am. This site gives me a chance to open up and talk about one of the best times of my life " being in love" without the who, what, where, how and why of it all. It's just a bunch of woman kind of like a sisterhood supporting and encouraging each other with no judgement. It's the one place where I feel safe talking about my relationship the good, bad and the ugly and I can do it with confidence.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great website, full of encouraging people from all walks of life, all over the world who come to support one another with positive feedback since we have loved one(s) incarcerated. I'm so very thankful for it!

1 JoJo M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first found out that my friend was arrested my world was flipped upside down.
I knew immediately I wanted I support him in any way I could. After a few months of writing back and forth our feelings for one another could no longer be contained. I decided at that time I would stand by his side as his girlfriend. I still had hope that he would get a sentence that would allow him to come home to me. At the same time I slowly very slowly began to accept that he could get a sentence of life without parole. I felt alone and sad and slowly my hope diminished.
One day I decided to do some research. The Internet can be an amazing thing, you can find almost anything. I thought to myself I cannot be the only person going through this there has to be others. I stumbled across a site called strongprisonwives so I clicked on the link to learn more.
The story I read of one of the founders and her loved one blew me away. After that I knew that if this beautiful young woman could do what she was doing then I could too. I reached out and emailed her and I quickly got a responses that was filled with love, support, encouragement and most of all understanding. The site was still fairly new, I spent my time blogging and reading about others in my situation offering encouraging words where I could.
Later on the website was revamped and I was asked to be a volunteer which I gladly accepted and I now help with the website and the Lifer Beauty group.
In the 3 years I've been a part of this it's grown tenfold into a wonderful amazing community full of wonderful members and volunteers.
Without it I'm sure I would be a puddle of tears daily, instead I'm full of hope and strength despite our sentence of life without parole. I'm able to encourage and uplift my love in times of darkness.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Having a spouse incarcerated is an experiance i would not want my worse enemy to face... If it wasn't for SPWF ... I don't know that I would be nearly as kept together emotionally. When I'm feeling low there is always someone to listen and lift me up. When I'm up there is someone i can bless with words of comfort. Thank you to the ladies of SPWF!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I couldn't have gotten through this past year without the support of Strong Prison Wives and Families. It's a wonderful site full of support and encouragement for anyone who has a loved one that is incarcerated.

1 Jessica269

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Without SPWF I don't think I'd be able to make it through this difficult time. I have made life long friends and woman who just build me up with encouragement and support. Knowing that it's not a situation no one wants to be in but without this site and ladies I wouldn't have made it as far as I have!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I really don't know what I would done if Strong Prison Wives wasn't a part of our lives.