The mission of See the Lord (STL) is to provide health care for the underprivileged around the world. Since we cannot travel to serve our patients due to COVID-19, we have decided to redirect all our efforts to fundraise and support other causes with similar mission and values to our own.
In light of recent events related to social injustice, we are fundraising for a non-profit organization called Center for Restorative Justice Works (CRJW). CRJW is a non-profit organization that caters to communities affected by crime and the criminal justice system. Their Get On the Bus program provides free transportation for children to visit their fathers and mothers.
During COVID-19, CRJW connects children to their incarcerated parents through Stay Connected Kits. Each kit costs $10 and contains envelopes, stationery, and stamps for each parent and child. Please help us reach our goal of providing 600 Stay Connected Kits. Every dollar counts!
If we reach our goal of $6,000 for the Stay Connected Kits, STL will match another $6,000 to sponsor a bus once the Get on the Bus program resumes. With your help, we aim to donate $12,000.
Together with CRJW, you can support our brothers and sisters by promoting systemic change and social justice.
The campaign ends September 30.
What Are Stay Connected Kits?
Each letter writing kit contains envelopes, stationery, and stamps for each parent and child so that they can remain connected with one another between visits. This kit gives children the opportunity to share their latest accomplishments and challenges providing a space for parents to congratulate and offer their children sustenance when they need it most. It is evident that continued communication among incarcerated parents and their children allows for the parent to play a crucial positive role in their child’s support circle. Additionally, letter writing assists in significantly reducing incarcerated parents’ recidivism rates, thus benefiting, children, parents, and the community overall.
Why This Matters
An estimated 856,000 children in California have a parent currently involved in California’s adult criminal justice system, nearly 9% of the state’s children. This leaves ~200k children with a parent in prison.
Families are torn apart by the current policies of the criminal justice system leaving behind children who become the hidden victims of crime and an endless cycle of unsuccessful rehabilitation. Regular parental visits are essential to the welfare of children, incarcerated men and women, and the society as a whole.