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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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization provides invaluable service to many, many people. They REALLY make a long-term difference!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a therapist who has brought clients to WINGS. They & their families receive meals, education, guidance, support, case mgmt, and primarily-full, unconditional regard! Their lives are improved, transformed, and much progress & many gains are evident!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wings is a great place for families to get support. Wings has become like family to me. LOVE the staff, volunteers and people who join us on Mondays.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In a failed criminal justice system where recidivism prevails, Wings for Life shares light with those who are or have been incarcerated and their families. The programs are always encouraging and educational for this population. People need a hand up and not a closed door and Wings is there for t he lucky ones.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Energetic, intelligent Ann a has spoken to our church groups periodically. I have also attended some of her weekly meeting for the families of prisoners. Her ideas for these people work!
The growth of her program even to other states, indicates the value of her program.

Carl D.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wings provides a vital service to the community. I have worked with Ann for many years and remember her trudging through the snow to a juvenile detention center around Christmas to see the young people incarcerated there and we joked that if we weren't going in to see these individuals they would not see any familiar faces. Tough time of year for them but Ann realized their needs and responded selflessly as usual. Carl D

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wings for Life provides support and hope for families of incarcerated persons as well as those in prisons and jails. I have participated in several prison parties and I see the joy in the families as they reunite and celebrate their families and their faith. Wings for Life also works in the community, providing Monday night meals and speakers, clothing and school donations, and much more. It is meaningful for staff, volunteers, the families and other community members to work with those incarcerated and offer them love and support and hope for their futures along with inner peace.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AMAZING ORGANIZATION!!! They are changing lives around the country!

1 Claude F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an awesome organization helping our nation's prisoners cope with their incarceration. Do you know we have 5% of the world's population and 25% of all the prisoners. Most prisons are overcrowded with terrible health conditions. For example, Alabama is at 200% capacity. This organization provides inmates with time with their loved ones in the form of parties. They call them parties and they are simple get togethers with food but to the inmates who rarely see fresh food, it is a party. This is an awesome organization doing what it can for those who may have made a mistake in life but don't we all?

Client Served

Rating: 5

I haven't come across an organization quite like this one. Wings volunteers serve inmates, returning citizens, families and the community by offering education, training in life skills and love to those who want it

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at a Wings Ministry function this summer was a blessing to be with the children as they visited with incarcerated fathers, as the children were able to touch their dad, pray with their father, eat pizza with them, and participate together in fun craft activities. It was an awesome time and all because of the nonprofit WINGS. WINGS truly deserves to be known as a great nonprofit bringing families together.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Helps families of inmates maintain their focus on getting through the ordeal of prison time being served by a loved one. That's valuable but equally valuable are the weekly meetings with "Returned Citizens" (ex--inmates) that coach the returned citizens on re-entering civilian life. Very useful.
The "Parties" in prisons can be a good influence as well. I met a lady in Walmart who had recently been released from the Grants Prison for women who was positively affected by having attended a Wings Party in prison. Good work, Wings!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization that helps without judgment.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wings is an inspiration to all who attend. Everyone who attends Wings for LIFE learns lifeskills through training in meeting people and talking to them about common subjects that they would be intrested in.
They learn to set banquet tables for 100 PEOPLE. This way they can wait tables as a job to make a living while they go to school.
The staff are caring and that is felt by all that they serve at the Monday night dinner or meeting their loved ones in prison for family days. Education for families is of the utmost importance for success.
I am a member of the Wings team and I believe that this program is a preventative way to stop the children of prisoners from following in the families footsteps into the corrections. It costs 173,000 per year to house a juvenile inmate. Whereas it pays only 8,000 to send a child to school. About 76 per cent of children who are in juvenile detention centers will go to prison.
I was nominated and received the volunteer of the year award for the city of Albuquerque. This is a true psssion for myself and the other dedicated people who work for Wings for LIFE.
DO WE WANT A HIGH INCARCERATION RATE OR PRODUCTIVE CITIZENS WHO DO NOT WANT TO STAY OUT OF PRISONS

ChristSongSinger2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ann and her team have such a heart for the families of the incarcerated. These families need love and help.
They show the love of Christ to all....

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Wings Ministry touches the hearts of inmates AND their children in a mighty way. When the children are allowed to spend the day with their parent having fun and learning about the love of Jesus, it touches a place in their hearts that they have kept guarded. Everyone gets involved and learns to have fun with the supplies at hand. It is easy to forget that they are still in prison! The children get to see their parent having fun and playing with them, sometimes for the first time. It can be a life changing experience to feel their parents love and the love of God at the same time. I highly recommend this ministry.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was so impressed seeing the work and dedication first hand when invited to one of the meetings in NM. One young man was passionate about gaining a job and the help and advice offered was extrordinary. He lived with his family in a tiny community with no form of transportation. Bus routes and time tables were sought and within a fairly wide rang. Jobs were looked for, that this former offender could apply for knowing he could travel, albeit adding a considerable time each end of a working day. He was positively excited at the prospect. Work with the families left behind when a person is incarnated is so heart warming. Such tools are so very needed not only helping in guidance to help these people to learn to help themselves but the parties lift spirits, form friendships and motivate the children to connect and give. Well done Wings Ministry.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After I design 2 faux stained-glass banners, I take art supplies to the annual Wing's Mother's Day party at the Tennessee Prison for Women where moms and their children sign their names on their favorite color steamer and attach it. At the end of the party, we present 1 banner to the prison warden to display in the prison chapel. The second banner goes to Ann Edenfield to hang in the Albuquerque, NM headquarters of Wings. It touches my heart and my husband's to see families reunited briefly, thanks to many moms' good conduct for a year!
~Diane in Cookeville TN

Writer

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ann is Wings! She works very hard to make it work!

Donor

Rating: 5

This is the most caring, loving, compassionate and meaningful group with a great record of
dependability. I give them my utmost respect and support for the amazing work they have
done and continue to do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's a honor to be able to help families reunite in prison. And Wings goes the extra mile to bring hope and let families know that they are loved and that it can be a good day if we don't give up on life and trust God.