The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences.
– Eleanor Roosevelt
The transition to day-to-day life after being imprisoned may be just as difficult as the challenges that children and families coping with the imprisonment of a loved one go through. Incarcerated adults and their children and families both experience their own struggle during incarceration and after the parents’ release, but the transition period is an ideal time to lean on one another for support. Studies show that former inmates who have strong family ties are less likely to go back to jail (Hairston, C. F, 1988). In order to maintain or to build your strong family, programs such as Amachi are here to help. Key components to successful family reunification are:
Communication: Family members and incarcerated parents may have avoided discussing serious topics regarding incarceration, stability of the family and even life after prison. Once the family is back together, everyone should try to discuss issues that have been restrained, including changes that occurred while imprisonment. Amachi Pittsburgh develops this skill in its participants by having group discussions during Stregthening Black Families program…
Employment: Some families lose their ‘breadwinner’ during a parents’ incarceration, which results in many new financial obligations for family members. To help families get back on their feet, an important topic to discuss is job security. There are companies that allow people with a prison background to work, such as Target, US Steel Corporation and AT&T. Amachi Pittsburgh advocates for more sustainable support for the families of the incarcerated through its work with the Amachi Ambassadors. Did you know that Amachi travelled to Harrisburg, PA in March and is going back on June 23 to talk to our legislators about supporting these families? Follow us on twitter @amachiPgh to get updates.
Transitioning home from prison can bring stress and uncertainty—but with the help of quality programming, the support of loved one, and self-help, rebuilding your life can be achievable. Please visit, www.amachipgh.org to see how we can help.
June 23: We will have some Ambassadors join TeenBloc/A+ Schools in Harrisburg for a public hearing about the fair education funding formula. (go to Amachipgh.org for more information)
June 27: Amachi Zoo and Aquarium trip from 12-4 pm
June 29: Mentee Graduation Luncheon for high school seniors from 12 – 2 pm
July 1: Mentor Challenge (go to Amachipgh.org for more information)