Help us get funded through 2017!
When mothers go to prison, far too often their children and families are sentenced to family separation and loss of bonds. For decades, children and their caregivers have been able to take a monthly bus from Chicago to visit their mothers at Logan and Decatur Correctional Center. In January of 2016, this program was eliminated due to the lack of an Illinois state budget. Suddenly, many children had no way to travel the 180 miles to visit their mothers. And for the mothers who are incarcerated, they had no way to see their children and maintain crucial bonds.
A coalition of organizations formed to create the Reunification Ride. The CLAIM (Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers) program of Cabrini Green Legal Aid, Moms United Against Violence and Incarceration, and Nehemiah Trinity Rising have combined forces to bring back the bus program to ensure that families already separated by incarceration have a way to see each other. Costs are high-- monthly bus rentals, annual insurance, and other fees all add up-- but the coalition is committed to seeing the program continue.
Your donation will help reunite families. Bus visits are not held in the visiting room. Instead, families spend approximately 3 hours together in the gym. They play games, draw pictures, read books, and even have a lunch catered by the prison culinary program.
If you or your organization would like to consider further supporting the Reunification Ride, please consider sponsoring a month of the bus. For $2,000, you can help over 50 children and caregivers maintain crucial bonds. Please contact Alexis Mansfield at (312) 738-2452 x448 or [email protected] or Holly Krig at (630) 258-8552.
**Donations are tax deductible**