When our clients leave prison, they are given $50. Think of these many men and women who have no home, no job, no transportation, and no structure to support them. Think of the children whose lives will be profoundly affected by whether or not their parent will get the support they need to beat the odds and not return to jail or prison again.
What your contribution can mean for women and men in prison or returning to their communities after incarceration, or their children?
- $125 will pay for school uniforms for a child in the CHIP Mentoring Program
- $150 will pay for new educational and training materials for the ACT re-entry workshop
- $200 will pay for a 15 passenger van and fuel to transport children to visit their incarcerated parent
- $300 will pay for a client’s bus pass for four months after release. Transportation is essential for those leaving incarceration to get to counseling sessions, medical services, training classes, job interviews, and all the other travel critical to re-entry.
- $250 will cover the medical costs a TAP client faces for the 90 day period until the state medical insurance is granted
- $400 will pay for school supplies for the children in the CHIP Mentoring program
- $500 will pay for two months of photocopying child support and divorce packets, as well as the postage expenses that are needed to help prisoners represent themselves in pro se civil legal matters such as child support modification, child custody, obtaining legal documents, etc.
- $550 will pay for an outing to the Baltimore Zoo for all 30 mentors and mentees in the CHIP Mentoring Program.
- $1,000 will pay for job readiness training fees, books, and supplies, as well as interview outfits and job uniforms.
- $1,080 will pay for two months rent in transitional housing
- $3,000 will pay for a 28-day residential or outpatient drug recovery program
- $4,000 will pay for one year of the intensive case management that is the key to successful re-entry. (Compare this to the $25,000 a year it costs to keep a person in prison.)
Think about your own priorities for gift giving this year. We hope Alternative Directions will be high on your list.
Alternative Directions will accept contributions by check, as well as gift card donations such as grocery cards, pharmacy cards and general gift cards, and toiletry donations.
You can call our office at 410-889-5072 to arrange a contribution, or send a check to: