From Incarceration to Stability

How one woman is working to beat the odds and reclaim her family

Emily’s family might look uncomplicated to someone they’re meeting for the first time. She, her husband, and her four children are moving into a new apartment and starting at new schools. The reality, though, is that this family is just now coming together. Emily has been separated from her husband and children by incarceration and her kids have been separated from one another in different homes.

This summer, for the first time in years, Emily’s got her whole family all in one place, she’s regained custody of her children, and she’s determined to give them everything they need to thrive. Emily is seeking help this fall with school clothes and supplies for her kids as they start into the school year. Involved with local nonprofit CLAIM (Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers), Emily has the support she needs to succeed, but needs help with this one thing.

"We are learning what it is like to live together. It's wonderful, but it is also a lot of work. There are so many expenses as we start our new lives together."

Emily has had to start over completely after being incarcerated. Here on the Benevolent team, we were curious about the statistics and realities of incarcerated mothers. We looked them up and want to share them with you...

80% of incarcerated women in the U.S are mothers.
80% of incarcerated women in the U.S. are in for nonviolent offenses.
80% of incarcerated women in the U.S. have been victims of severe abuse as adults or children.

Emily has overcome a toxic past and is striving to beat the odds as she changes her life and those of her children. This family is getting back on its feet and Emily doesn't want to miss a step.
Her kids need to be ready for school so they can start on a path toward a new life. Click here to help Emily's young children have the clothes and supplies they need for school. Show this family that you believe they can succeed and thrive together.
Alexis Mansfield from CLAIM tells us: “The children are so excited to have their mother back. Still, having all of the children back home is very expensive, and having school uniforms and supplies would make things so much easier on them all.”


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