Weekly Mission Focus: Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women

Established in 1977, Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women (IPMW) is a nonprofit organization with a mission to build bridges of hope for women in prison before and after release through chaplaincy services, transitional programs and reentry support. IPMW’s ultimate goal is to provide a long-term solution to help women stay out of prison and to empower them to successfully reintegrate into society upon release. On any given day, more than 3,000 women are incarcerated in NC; as many as 76% of these women are mothers. IPMW believes that all people deserve a second chance and strive to positively impact the lives of incarcerated women by meeting both their spiritual and religious needs, as well as providing trauma-informed training and care through their chaplaincy programs and services, first at the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women, and since 1989, at the NCCIW’s minimum-security Raleigh Unit (formerly Raleigh Correctional Center for Women). Since 2001, IPMW has partnered with the Department of Public Safety, Wake Tech and FPC to offer JobStart transitional education. On June 13th, the 37th JobStart class will graduate at FPC. Transitioning back into society after prison is challenging. Recently, IPMW began distributing Hope Bags – reentry bags filled with items intended to support a woman’s first days and weeks post-release. The funding received from FPC supports chaplaincy services, transition education and reentry programs. IPMW’s offices have been housed at FPC since 1997.

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