Mailing Address, Phone Numbers & E-mails2270 D Wyoming Blvd. NE #130
Albuquerque, NM 87112-2620
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Wings For LIFE International hosts three community Family Days a year: a Christmas, Easter, and a Back-To-School Party, hoping to reach families at important times throughout the year. The Family Days are held in sponsoring congregations in different parts of the city and in different denominations. All participants in Wings, whether they are inmate’s family members or church volunteers, enjoy the interaction of volunteers working together from many different denominations. Wings For LIFE International strives to build quality relationships and strong values in participants. Search Institute ® in Minneapolis has identified 40 Developmental Assets ® that are necessary for healthy growth. Wings provides an arena for effective ways to rebuild assets in the lives of our young people, which can greatly reduce or prevent their involvement in at-risk behaviors.
The guardians and caregivers of the inmate’s children have time to meet with congregational, community leaders and volunteers. Contacts are made that can enable future support for the families and invitations are extended to the families to attend congregations in their neighborhoods. Inmate’s families are welcomed and encouraged to find a congregational home.
Our MissionTransforming lives to break the generational cycle of incarceration.
Why Wings? Why is a program like Wings so necessary today?
Wings springs from the passion of caring people and the deep concern we have to help families of prisoners who have been largely shunned or ignored by our society.
In our society where children are all at risk in one way or another, children whose parent(s) are in prison, face even more challenges. Click here to view Quotes about the Wings For LIFE International.
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|Over 3.5 million Americans are being supervised by the correctional system.||The estimated cost to incarcerate an individual varies from $32,000 per year to over $130,000 per year!|
|America spends over $86 billion a year to incarcerate prisoners.||78% of inmates claim to have had a relative in prison and 1 in 10 children in America have an incarcerated parent.|
|The national recidivism rate is about 67%.||The prison population has more than doubled in the past 10 years.|
|At least 33% of black men in their twenties are incarcerated or on probation.||Over 50% of the children who have a parent in prison NEVER visit their parent in prison.|
|There are at least 2.5 million children in this country who have incarcerated parents.||If current trends continue, 1 in 15 Americans will be incarcerated in their lifetime.|
|In New Mexico there are approximately 6,000 children of prisoners (5,000 in Bernalillo County – Albuquerque area).||New Mexico rates poorly in comparison to the rest of the nation in the way we care for our children.|
|Children of prisoners are 7 times more likely to become incarcerated themselves. They are at critical risk of dropping out of school, getting involved in violence, and teen pregnancy, due to the fact that most of them are living in poverty-stricken, high crime areas with few or no positive adult role models.||
The Prison Family Bill of Rights, affirmed in 2012 and adopted in 2013 by the National Prisoner's Family Conference resonates with Wings' core values.