News & Events
AIM is chosen for LWT's Create-a-thon Event
AIM will receive 24 hours of free marketing consulting and donation of
creative works to help us form a Strategic Plan and create a video to publicize
the program. Thanks to all of the people who voted for us on Facebook!!
Wanted: Exercise Equipment, DVDs, and Books
We’re currently trying to start an exercise program at the
Montgomery Women’s Facility. They have some machines for
weight-training, three homemade medicine balls, a leaking stability ball, a
5-pound set of dumbbells, and not much else.
Any donations of exercise equipment including sporting goods, DVDs, or
books would be appreciated. Additionally, we're also looking for volunteer
exercise instructors. If you have donations, suggestions, or would
like to get involved, please contact Emily Oda at email@example.com or (334) 262-2245 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (334)
June 14, 2012
AIM Receives $90,000 Community Development Block Grant
AIM recently received the news that we have been approved for a block grant
to help us purchase the building that we are leasing for our GENESIS service
center. We are very excited about the opportunity that this grant
May 4, 2012
Alabama Families of Prisoners Conference
July 27-28th at the Gardendale First Baptist Church, 940 Main Street,
- 4 General Sessions with Martin Houston, Ann Edenfield-Sweet, Mary Kay
Beard + Surprise Guest!
- 16 Workshops improving family relationships, life skills, and reentry
- Kids Konfernece for ages 6-15 using the Extended Family for Kids
curriculum + camp-like fun!
- Childcare available.
- 4 Meals provided.
- Only $25 per person for immediate family members of prisoners; $100
camp per household.
Register online at www.alabamafpc.com or call 205-902-8437 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 205-902-8437 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
Mission: Changing lives, one family at a time.
Purpose: Providing opportunities for families of prisoners to be
informed and empowered on their journey through the prison
AIM Women's Service Center Opens: The GENESIS Project
AIM opened a new Reentry Service Center at 660 Morgan Avenue in Montgomery
to offer case management, a clothes closet, computer resource center and
empowerment classes for women who have been recently released from prison. It
is our hope to be able to offer housing to women in crisis, including women
leaving prison to transition to the community. The house will hold a maximum of
12 women. If you want to donate clothing or get involved with the project,
contact Karen Carr at firstname.lastname@example.org or 334-356-5499 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 334-356-5499 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
Back-to-School is Better with the AIM School Supplies Project
It can be uncomfortable and embarrassing for a child to show up for the
first day of a new school year without the right supplies or clothing. Many of
the families that AIM works with struggle to afford the long list of required
school supplies, let alone clothes that fit well and are in good shape.
You can sponsor a child and give him or her a head start in the new school
year. Your donation of $75 goes to sponsor a child of an inmate mother,
providing new school supplies and uniforms. Churches, civic groups and
individuals are all encouraged to donate!
The children AIM works with are dealing with losing their mothers to
incarceration and being sent to live with family or friends. Not having the
right tools to succeed in school puts them at a further disadvantage and hurts
their confidence and self-worth.
The School Supply Program provides 100 children across Alabama with supplies
and uniforms. Any contribution to this program will make a big difference for
to sponsor a child in time for the start of the school year!
The Storybook Project Gets Video Cameras
Children who look forward each month to receiving audio tapes from their
mothers will now have an even better surprise — a video! Through a federal
stimulus grant provided through the Birmingham Area United Way, we now have
hand-held video cameras to record the mothers reading.
The Storybook Project is one of our most popular outreach programs. Mothers
read books into a tape recorder, and the recordings are sent to their children
each month along with the book. With the new cameras, we can now send DVDs so
the children can see their mothers in addition to hearing their voices.
Many children either don’t have transportation or live out of state, so
these DVDs are the only time they can see their mothers. We are excited to
bring this new technology to the program and make it better than ever!
The Genesis Project: Building a Transitional Home
We are excited to announce that we have been funded through the Montgomery
Junior League, the South Central Alabama Communities Foundation and the
Montgomery-based Women’s Giving Circle to start a group home for women in need
of transitional housing.
When women are released from prison, they leave with little more than the
clothes on their back. Through the Genesis Project, we will be able to help
them during the reentry period by providing a safe, comfortable home where they
can continue to receive counseling and support. The home can provide a needed
buffer between living in prison and being completely independent.
We are currently looking at a property to purchase and trying to raise the
$10,000 needed for a down payment. Help us make this vision a reality by
World AIDS Day 2011: Women at Tutwiler mark 30 years of the HIV/AIDS
As a candle was lit, a hush settled over the group of at least 75 women
attending Thursday evening's program to celebrate World AIDS Day. A woman
in white boldly walked to the front and lit her candle and spoke her word of
inspiration; Success. Another woman approached to light her
candle, with her chosen word, Understanding, and in turn each of the
women living with HIV lit their candle with a word: Courage, Education,
Strength,Acceptance, and Survival. After all the candles were lit,
we observed a moment of silence to reflect on the many lives lost and changed
forever by the disease known as AIDS.
The program was used as a time to educate. As one of the women put it,
"Don't be irresponsible, know your status, know your partner's status.
Help us end discrimination and ignorance, educate those around you. This
epidemic affects all of us."
The program continued with poems, music, reflections, and many tears.
Tears shed for the challenges ahead, the fear overcome, the pain of telling
family. "This is the year for Zero," said Greg Underwood, HIV
Educator. " Zero deaths, zero new infections, zero discrimination. We are
looking at the end of the AIDS epidemic."
"We have come a long way in 30 years," said AIM Director Carol Potok.
"But we still have to keep pushing. We want HIV/AIDS to go the way of the
polio infecton-something that our grandchildren jsut read about in history
books. We want a vaccine, we want a cure. It's within our reach if
we keep reaching."