- Organization Name:Aid to Inmate Mothers
- Address:434 N. McDonough Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
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) was founded in 1987 by the Alabama Prison Project, Church Women United, and a group of committed volunteers to provide a visitation program for mothers in prison who had no means of transportation for their children to visit them while they were incarcerated--either because the guardian was unwilling or unable to transport them. Transportation was arranged through a network of churches across the state, who provided drivers and vans to transport the children each month. The 3-hour visit was set up in the prison chapel and the children were brought in through a side gate to avoid the trauma of entering through bars. Activities and toys were always provided, and polaroid photos were taken and given to the children and mothers to take away from the visit. A meal was served for the families to share. This three hour visit is still provided each second Saturday of the month for the mothers and children, using church vans and volunteers as drivers each month--some of whom have been involved since the founding of the program.
Twelve years ago, AIM began to offer rehabilitative classes to the mothers to help them prepare for their return home. Classes such as Parenting Education, Domestic Violence Prevention Education, Self Esteem, Rape Survivors, 12-step groups, Creative Writing, Drama classes, HIV Prevention Education, and Women's Health Education have been offered. This has evolved into a program especially for women within 18 months of leaving prison, which we call our Reentry Program. Although some of the classes are offered to the general population regardless of the time they have left to serve (such as Parenting and Women's Health), this class has been tailored to meet the needs of women that will soon go home, and include intensive Llife skills and Job readiness classes. It was (and still is) facilitated by an AIM staff member who is an ex-inmate and former AIM participant herself. Reentry Follow up is provided for a year to help the women find jobs and housing, and to help them overcome any barriers to their successful transition.
In 2000, we began a reading program called The Storybook Program, in which the mothers are given a chance to record themselves reading a children's story, put a personal message at the end, and send the book and recording to their child. Over 150 women participate in the program each month.
- Year established:1987
- Organization type:Grantseeker
- Country of registration:United States
- Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
- IRS Section:501(c)(3)
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- Arts, Culture, Humanities:Low
- Human Services:High
- Public Benefit, Society Benefit:High
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