In the begining of December, we donated copies of the ChIPs Storybooks to New Hour for Women and Children, a non-profit that provides support for children and mothers during and after incarceration. They recently shared with us how these storybooks have impacted the children and families of their program in Long Island, NY.
Dear Safer Society staff,
We are deeply grateful for your organization’s support of your holiday gifts of ChIPs Storybooks for our New Hour children. The items donated were very much appreciated by our mothers and children visiting a loved one in Suffolk’s jails. We were moved by your empathy for our families. Often visiting a parent or loved one in jail can be overwhelming for anyone, but for a child it can be especially traumatic. Your donations were greatly appreciated by the children who left the visiting room with smiles as they left with a new book.
Your support will continue to make a powerful difference in the lives of women and children who remain often voiceless on Long Island and we are deeply grateful. We look forward to working with you next year.
The Safer Society Foundation has announced the addition of Judge William K. Sessions III to the nonprofit’s Board of Directors. Sessions is a noted jurist and is currently a Senior United States District Judge for the District of Vermont.
“Bill supports the work we do,” says Jean Rosenberg, long-time Safer Society Foundation board member. “He is especially eager to work with us to build our ChIPs Mentoring and Circles of Support Program, as he has a long-standing interest in programs and policies that mitigate the impact of parental incarceration on children and families.”
The ChIPs Mentoring and Circles of Support Program is a burgeoning initiative of the Foundation. It connects children of incarcerated parents with a mentor and a support group.
“We look forward to working with Judge Sessions,” said Mary Falcon, Safer Society’s executive director. “His wisdom and years of experience in the justice system will greatly enhance our ability to build effective programs to serve Vermont children and families of incarcerated parents.”
For more about the ChIPs Mentoring & Circles of Support Program, visit our website.