Friends and Family of Incarcerated Persons (FFIP)
Prison punishes more than those in the prison system, it punishes the innocent friends and families who are serving the sentence on the outside. FFIP – Friends and Family of Incarcerated Persons is a non-profit organization that provides support group meetings, programs, events, and information to help those on the outside lead healthy and productive lives. Your participation will help raise funding for programs and bring information to those who are affected; everyone is touched by the prison system in some way.
- There are over 6 million people in the prison system in America; that’s 1 in 12 people who have a loved one in the prison system
- More than 5 million children have or had an incarcerated parent
There could be people in your circle who have a loved one in the prison system and don’t speak of it because of fear of rejection. Serving a sentence on the outside can be stressful and cause alienation to the families and friends. There’s an emotional and financial impact to families and the communities they live in.
One of the programs that FFIP is sponsoring is bringing “The Faces of Mass Incarceration” documentary to students and the community at the UNLV Radical Consciousness Conference on April 13, at no charge. The documentary provides a view into how incarceration affects the lives of people who have or had loved ones in the prison system and how communities are affected. Following the viewing there will be a panel discussion with actual participants from the documentary discussing how incarceration affects families and society, as well as how it has affected their families and how they are dealing with it. The information is invaluable to anyone who has or has known someone who has a loved one in the prison system.
Another program FFIP is providing is for children to help them understand and excel under the pressures of having a family member incarcerated. They will be with other children who are in similar circumstances and not feel alone. By empowering the children we are reducing the likelihood that they will follow in their parent’s footsteps.
Your donation can help create possibilities and hope for families, children, and communities. Please donate any amount you can between now and the day of giving on March 22, 2018, and share this link with your friends: https://www.nvbiggive.org/organizations/friends-and-family-of-incarcerated-persons
Your donations will be used to offset the cost of bringing the documentary and panelists to Las Vegas. All panelists are passionate about closing the empathy gap to raise awareness about how incarceration affects everyone. They are donating their time to this event.
Your donations will be used to continue FFIP’s mission to provide quality support programs, information, and to empower those who are serving the sentence with their loved ones so they can continue to be contributing members of society.
If you know anyone who could use FFIP’s services or if you would like to become involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.