Let's keep the Reunification Ride buses going in 2017!

For: Reunification Ride
Chicago, IL
Organizer: Cabrini Green Legal Aid, Moms United Against Violence and Incarceration, Nehemiah Rising
Let's keep the Reunification Ride buses going in 2017! (Reunification Ride)
$17,992
of $18,500 goal.
Raised by 375 donors
97% Complete

The Story

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**

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 8, 2017

Posted on May 8, 2017

You all are amazing! We just raised our goal up to $17,000. This will help us get through the summer! 

Just so you know, we share how much we've raised and the number of donors with all of the moms down at Logan Correctional Center. The moms have been so touched by the number of people who care about them and their families. Thank you for seeing them.

Posted on January 16, 2017

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Posted on January 16, 2017

Amazing!!! We reached our 2017 kick off goal of $10,000! These donations will mean so very much to the mothers and children and caregivers who are involved with the Reunification Ride. Now that we reached that goal, we've increased it to $12,000 so that we can start raising money to pay for our 2017 insurance (due in May). Thank you to all!

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