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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

Ann Edenfield and all of her faithful volunteers do great ministry every day - both within prisons to help keep families connected with their loved ones in prison - and for families outside of prison - with ongoing programs for the entire family twice a month in Albuquerque. Ann is also involved in helping connect those in the wider community who work with those who have been released from prison through RCC - Returning Citizens Collaborative, which is a great networking and advocacy organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I enjoy coming out and volunteering at Wings. The work that is done at these weekly meetings is greatly needed to help returning citizens transition back into society after paying their debt. I see the smiles in the faces of the people when they give us positive progress reports and credit Wings for helping them in their progress.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Wings For L.I.F.E. for several months ago and from the first encounter I could tell it was nothing like any volunteer experience I'd ever participated in. Ann is the most positive person and her enthusiasm is infectious. Everyone is warm and welcoming and it is easy to feel that you are really helping. I never leave a Wings event without a big smile. The Monday night Wings programs are a wonderful way to start the week!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so thankful to be a volunteer with Wings for Life ministry. Ann Edenfield is one of the most dedicated and tenderhearted persons I have ever met. Her love for the families is so obvious at each and every event that she plans for the inmates and their families. She welcomes the families with open arms, she engages the children and makes them feel special, she encourages open communication from the families and makes them feel that they are important and valued. I watch as the families are encouraged and uplifted by the speakers that minister in the Monday evening gatherings. The families receive a meal , a lecture or teaching and a wealth of information and resources to help them overcome the obstacles and difficulties of dealing with a family member who is incarcerated. They receive training in life skills, rewards for their achievements, prayer, and lots of love from Ann and the group of volunteers that support the Wings for life ministry. The inmates and their families need all the support that they can get from this community and Wings for Life, in my humble opinion, heads the list of ministries achieving that goal. I am blessed and proud to be a part of this ministry and I hope that Wings for Life is recognized for the vital role that it plays in this community.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known the founder of Wings Ministry for about 20 years. I have supported the ministry financially and attended their outreaches often during this period, albeit not much over the past two years. This is ONLY because I am cutting back on my own outreaches as well, being 70. Ann, like me, is very personal in her outreach as, I think, was Jesus. The difference between us is her 1)energy and 2)ability to motivate others and to achieve consensus and accomplish Wings Ministry outreach goals. In both of these areas, she FAR exceeds expectations. She is outstanding and has attracted like minded outstanding individuals. If you are interested in helping families of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals, Wings Ministry sets the standard! I equivocally recommend this ministry.

Donor

Rating: 5

Working diligently in a system that few seem to notice or care for Wings Ministry has a tremendously wonderful impact on the incarcerated and their families. Wings shares the priceless gift of love with the forgotten members of our society, by organizing socials in which the incarcerated may spend time with their families and loved ones. Without question they are having an incredibly positive impact on the social culture of our great nation.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

II knew about this non-profit ministry through my school, CNM as a volunteer. At first I thought the ministry 's job was just to feed people not until I after weeks of volunteering I saw what the ministry was capable of.

This Ministry is one of the best non-profit organizations. Besides feeding and providing clothing for people everyweek, They are capable of helping people find jobs, have tutors to teach students, have guest speakers to talk about health issues, economy and give out gifts to family members and kids.

Danielle87

Donor

Rating: 5

Awesome prisoner outreach for families of incarcerated individuals

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I became involved with Wings Ministry because of their work with prison inmates and thier families. The programming that they provided by creating opportunities for inmates to have interaction with their families and in particular their children is priceless. It makes possible prison visitations to become a positive and life-enriching experience and creates an atmosphere for love and fellowship in an otherwise oppressive environment. The faith-based foundation of this program and the love of the volunteers allow inmates to experience love from strangers that can be life changing.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wings Ministry provides an opportunity for children to interact with an incarcerated family member in a fun and far more natural setting than the usual prison visit. Kids remember the experience months and years later as a positive experience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I met Ann several years ago at a COPE conference in Dallas TX and began volunteering on the Wings In-Prison events. Always, ALWAYS, very organized, very kind, very efficient and very effective! I would recommend WINGS to anyone looking for a ministry to volunteer with (or anyone looking for a safe place to donate money too!)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered on 3 Wings events in 2 states, and have seen Ann a few times at conferences. Their ministry is consistent, organized, practical and thrifty - not to mention compassionate. I recommend them to anyone!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Serving with Wings is like seeing a small piece of heaven on earth. It is beautiful to participate and witness how Wings helps bring humanity to an often very inhumane justice and corrections system.

Wings understands that the vast majority of prisoners will re-enter society and it is their passion and work to help make those who are incarcerated experience healthy relationships, while behind bars and when they come home.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fantastic organization which helps all the family members with everyday life skills to help them to function well. Very effective and efficient organization. Each person does matter to them!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have seen the difference family and community support have made to improve the reintegration of someone incarcerated when they move back into the home and community. The Wings Ministry, which organizes parties permitting visits and celebration between those in prison and their loved ones, is certainly a service that is unique, creative and effective. Wings Ministry needs financial support and wider publicity.

Donor

Rating: 5

Anne is a wonderful person doing amazing work through Wings Ministry, I've known her for many years and watched her develop this program and seen all the good she does. Her commitment and dedication - and that of her staff - is truly remarkable, and I'm proud to be a donor for this work helping children and families stay connected to their incarcerated loved ones.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An amazing organization founded and run by a woman with great integrity and passion, who keenly understands the impact her program can have -and does -in children and families. Anne's commitment is amazing, and she positively affects people's lives by maximizing every dollar donated.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wings For LIFE is working to strengthen the families and children of those incarcerated. Working to end generational incarceration. Working to give the families life skills through education to build a solid foundation.

Jenny87

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love the heart of this ministry. It has chosen to love and encourage the forgotten folks in prison, as well as their families. I have personally witnessed the impact Wings for LIFE has had in the prison environment; I attended a festive family get-together for incarcerated moms and their families. The children of these moms were not afraid to show how much it meant to them to be able to hug their moms, dance with them and hold their hands for an entire day of wholesome entertainment.

Donor

Rating: 5

Many years experience with the people at Wings -- they are all genuine and committed to helping those they serve. Five stars!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I saw the Wings Ministry in action, and I believe they are doing a great work. I also experienced Ann's selfless acts and genuine care for others. This is a great non-profit that is true to their mission of helping others.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Wings for several years. They bring unconditional love to Inmates and their families, a part of God's family that is often forgotten.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wings is AWESOME! In a normal visit in many prisons in Ohio, the family must sit around a table. There are reading rooms for the kids but they must be accompanied by an adult who isn't incarcerated, so this takes away from the visit time with the Inmate. The kids must be quiet and aren't able to run around. At a Wings party, there are games, songs, crafts, fun, laughter, an interactive Bible story, a shared meal, hugs. The family gets to act like a family who doesn't have a loved one in prison. The Inmate gets to feel like a person, which sadly isn't always the case. I have been so blessed by working with this organization.