AIM Mission: To provide services to Alabama's incarcerated women with emphasis on enhancing personal growth and strengthening the bonds between inmate mothers and their children.
Aid to Inmate Mothers (AIM) provides a monthly visitation program for incarcerated mothers and their children in a child friendly environment with activities, photos and a meal. In another program for mothers, our monthly Storybook program allows incarcerated mothers to choose a children's book from a table of 200 books for their child, make a digital recording of themselves reading the book, include a personal message, and send books and tapes to the children. In addition, Reentry education in provided including life skills, financial literacy, job readiness, self esteem, life goal setting, and home plans. We also provide general health education and HIV prevention education, domestic violence prevention education and exercise programs such as Zumba, baseball games and yoga. We help with reentry when the women leave prison; helping them find jobs and connect with social services and medical clinics, help getting essential documents, clothing and supplies, help connecting with families. We opened a group home that offers case management to our 10 residents, as well as to other female ex-felons. We have a computer lab to help apply for jobs and make resumes, and a clothes closet on site.
Aid to Inmate Mothers (AIM) Inc., was founded in 1987 by Church Women United, The Alabama Prison Project, The Alabama Department of Corrections and a group of committed volunteers who discovered that there were many women in prison who never saw their children. AIM’s founders recognized that children of incarcerated parents needed regular contact with their mothers, yet often couldn't visit because their guardians were unwilling or unable to take them. In 1990, AIM separated from the Alabama Prison Project and became an independent nonprofit agency.
With a strong, statewide volunteer network, AIM continues to provide monthly visits for children to reunite with their incarcerated mothers. Guardians report that their children’s emotional health profoundly improves when the children see their mothers and helps them perform better in every aspect of their daily lives.
Our visitation program has been focus of our agency since the beginning, but through continued support from our volunteers and sponsors we have been able to implement more programs. Our expanded services include a monthly storybook program, family outreach programs, birthday and Christmas gifts for families, and classes for the mothers in prison. Reentry services such as case management and job search assistance is also provided for women leaving prison. Our services are extended to women at Tutwiler Prison, Tutwiler Annex, Birmingham Work Release and the Montgomery Community Based Facility.
In 2012, we helped more than 200 women adjust to the outside world—many reuniting with their children. Only 11% of the women returned—as compared to 23% recidivism rate of women who had not gone through our programs.
In 2011, AIM was granted funding to begin a project that we had always dreamed of—a transitional home for women leaving prison. Our house, GENESIS AIM Service Center accepted our first participant in May 2012. The house has a capacity for 12 residents. In 2013, we served 14 residents. Participants receive case management, assistance applying for social service benefits, assistance with their job search, referrals to programs, in-house 12 step programs, and other life skills programs. The building was purchased for the agency in June 2013, and our administrative offices move to the building.
- Year established:1987
- Organization type:Grantseeker
- Country of registration:United States
- Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
- IRS Section:501(c)(3)
- IRS Subsection:None
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