AVAILABLE RESOURCES 

HOW TO CONTACT PRISONERS
Three ways to maintain contact with incarcerated family and loved ones.

HOW TO PREPARE FOR A PRISON VISIT
Visiting a family member in prison presents its own bundle of challenges. Just knowing what to expect can reduce stress. Being prepared can raise the bar for positive visitation experiences, possibly snowballing into more visits, and hopefully, improved relationships.

HOW TO MAINTAIN A MARRIAGE DURING INCARCERATION
If you are facing a prison sentence, or if your spouse is incarcerated, and you are still married, you’ve got an uphill battle to fight.

 

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PROGRAMS THAT HELP FAMILIES OF PRISONERS

 

CENTERFORCE

P.O. Box 415
San Quentin, CA, 94964
415-456-9980
www.centerforce1.org

COMMUNITY WORKS

4681 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA, 94609
510-486-2340
www.communityworkswest.org

CROSSROADS PRISON MINISTRIES

2331 Kellogg Avenue
Corona, CA, 92881
951-737-4664
www.crossroadschurch.com

FRESNO RESCUE MISSION

310 G Street
Fresno, CA, 93706
844-221-2276
www.fresnorm.org

THE LIGHTHOUSE

P.O. Box 16461
Fresno, CA, 93775
559-222-4824
www.thelight-house.net

NEW BEGINNING FELLOWSHIP

3301 Broadway
Sacramento, CA, 95817
916-469-9865

PRISONER REENTRY NETWORK

1201 Martin Luther King Jr. Way #200
Oakland, CA, 94612
www.prisonerreentrynetwork.org

REENTRY PRISON AND JAIL MINISTRY

P.O. Box 620
Chula Vista, CA, 91912
619-421-6263
www.reentry.org

RESTORATION HOUSE

4141 Soledad Avenue
Sacramento, CA, 95820
916-454-2068
www.restorationhs.org

SAVING GRACE HOMES

951-444-5806
www.savinggracehomes.com

TAHOE YOUTH & FAMILY SERVICES

1021 Fremont Avenue
South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
530-541-2445
www.tahoeyouth.org

WELCOME HOME MINISTRIES

1701 Mission Avenue
Oceanside, CA, 92054
760-439-1136
www.welcomehomeint.org

RESOURCES IN CONTRA COSTA COUNTY

Refer A Child of Incarcerated Parents in the San Francisco Bay Area ...

 

www.projectavary.org › refer-a-child

  1. Refer a child of incarcerated parents to our program. Available to residents of Marin, Sonoma, San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa or Solano counties.

Resources :: Public Health :: Contra Costa Health Services

 

https://cchealth.org › wic › resources

For more information about Contra Costa County Immunization Program call: ... The CDHP program is a preventive health program, helping families access ...

Healthy Families America (HFA) :: Public Health :: Contra Costa Health ...

 

https://cchealth.org › fmch › hfa

Healthy Families America is a national evidence-based program that aims to ... family by providing intensive home visiting services to families in Contra Costa County. ... Support for parents to bond with their baby; Help to create a safe and caring ... Perinatal Services Prenatal Care Guidance (PCG) Services for Incarcerated ...

Project WHAT! — Community WorksCommunity Works

 

communityworkswest.org › program › project-what

  1. Behind every parent in jail or prison, there are children who are serving time. ... parents and live in Alameda County, San Francisco or Contra Costa. ... and to support them in creating policy change that reflects the needs of youth and families ...

Dean and Margaret Lesher Foundation » Children and Families

 

https://lesherfoundation.org › children-and-families

Camperships for children from Contra Costa 2016 $12,000 ... Contra Costa Family Literacy Program support 2017 $35,000, Child ... 2018 $25,000, Girls Inc. of West Contra Costa CountyRichmond ... incarcerated Contra Costa residents

Families Thrive

 

https://www.familiesthrive.org

  1. Families Thrive, a unique Contra Costa County partnership, is actively ... Significantly diminish crime and incarceration rates. ... Everyone actively working to support children, youth, and families in Contra Costa County is invited to join Families ...

Resources - INSIGHT PRISON PROJECT

 

www.insightprisonproject.org › resources

Families Against Mandatory Minimums ... Contra Costa County ... San Francisco is to coordinate local efforts to support adults exiting San Francisco County Jail, ...

HealthRIGHT360 Contra Costa Reentry Network | Program ...

 

https://www.healthright360.org › program › healthright360-contra-costa-r...

We have been awarded a contract by the County of Contra Costa to deliver services ... to local county residents returning home from state prison and County Jails ... Vocational Preparation and Placement, Family Reunification and Legal Aid.

Centerforce

 

https://www.centerforce.ngo

Family Reunification Support and Parenting Classes ... "When I was a resident of San Quentin State Prison, Centerforce provided me ... We receive valuable financial support from the Alameda County and Contra Costa Probation Departments, ...

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Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnerships (CIP ... - ACGOV.org

 

www.acgov.org › documents › CIPslides_Alameda_4.29.15.short.pptx

Children of Parents Incarcerated in Alameda County Jails .... Contra Costa County ..... Survey: Alameda County. Want contact. Extend visiting hours. Help with

  1. Ex-Prisoner Reentry Support | Reduces Recidivism‎

     

    Adwww.lionheart.org/‎

    Reentry programs support prisoners' successful reintegration and reduces recidivism rates. Hundreds of reentry support networks to help prisoners listed on Lionheart.org website. Nationwide Programs. Courses: Reduce Recidivism, Support Prisoner Reentry.

  2. Family Programs For Prisoners | Loved One In Jail‎

     

    Adwww.prisonfellowship.org/‎

    Find Programs That Help Christian Prisoners Become Leaders In Their Life. Transforming Lives. Remember Those In Prison. Restoring Families. Services: Prison Ministry, Warden Exchange Program, Angel Tree, Prisoner Reentry Programs, Justice Reform Advocacy.

  3. Prisoners are People Too | Re-entry Programs and Services‎

     

    Adwww.voa.org/‎

    (877) 575-0763

    VOA helps formerly incarcerated transition to productive, successful lives. Effective Solutions. A Second Chance. Employment & Training. Comprehensive programs.

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BOOKS FOR FAMILIES

  • DOING TIME TOGETHER: LOVE AND FAMILY IN THE SHADOW OF THE PRISON by Megan Comfort
     

    By quadrupling the number of people behind bars in two decades, the United States has become the world leader in incarceration. Much has been written on the men who make up the vast majority of the nation’s two million inmates. But what of the women they leave behind? Doing Time Togethervividly details the ways that prisons shape and infiltrate the lives of women with husbands, fiancés, and boyfriends on the inside.

  • FAMILY ARRESTED: HOW TO SURVIVE THE INCARCERATION OF A LOVED ONE by Ann Edenfield
     

    The author's life was devastated when her husband was arrested for a federal tax crime and given a fifteen-year sentence. During the six years he served, she learned about the prison system, which she tells about in this book. Edenfield reads the painful events of those years in a factual way, distancing herself from the emotional pain of being left to raise four young children on little income. This stoicism requires listeners to engage their imaginations to envision what her life must have been like.

  • HELP! MY LOVED ONE IS IN PRISON by Louis N. Jones 
     

    There are over 2 million American citizens incarcerated in this country. Many of those people have family members or other loved ones on the outside. All of them have been adversely affected by the incarceration of the loved ones to various degrees. And those loved ones can be a tremendous help and resource for the ex-offender when he/she finally gets out of prison. This book is for anyone who is affected by the imprisonment, past or present, of a loved one and wants to do something to help.

  • HOW TO LOVE AND INSPIRE YOUR MAN AFTER PRISON by Michael B. Jackson
     

    The hundreds of thousands of wives and partners of current, former, and future inmates; families, friends and loved ones of current, former, and future inmates; criminal justice professionals; and anyone interested in the corrections system and/or the betterment of society… all will find this book indispensable. How to Love and Inspire Your Man After Prison is a guide for women looking to help men in and after prison. It is a potentially life-changing or life-saving manual with powerful insights, practical advice and energizing inspiration.

  • INCARCERATED BUT FREE: HOW TO FIND FREEDOM FROM YOUR MENTAL PRISON by Monique Pettaway-Ray
     

    Six months after their marriage, Monique Pettaway-Ray's her husband was convicted for murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole. A vital part of her life was ripped from her-and Monique didn't know how to cope. Deeply honest and heartfelt, Incarcerated but Free shares how Monique broke the bars of her mental prison, forged an incredible faith in the Lord, and embarked on a path to help families of incarcerated individuals find hope and healing.

  • LEARNING TO SING IN A STRANGE LAND by Wesley Stevens
     

    Prison is a strange land, a land of deep heartache and sadness. Over two million people are serving prison time in America. Millions more are carrying the mark of prison as those who were formerly incarcerated, including large numbers of men and women who have been released on parole. In the midst of such human misery, when “loosened tongues” are freed to sing of God's redemptive love, grief is diminished and the prison loses its power.

  • LETTERS TO AN INCARCERATED BROTHER by Hill Harper
     

    Harper set out to address the specific needs of inmates. Harper's powerful message from the heart provides advice and inspiration in the face of despair along with encouraging words for restoring a sense of self-worth. Uplifting and insightful, Letters to an Incarcerated Brother provides the hope and inspiration inmates and their families need.

  • SENTENCED, NOW WHAT? by Lennie Spitale 
     

    This second booklet in the Institute for Prison Ministries Library by Lennie Spitale is designed to help individuals and families with the second phase of the incarceration journey-sentencing and what follows. It is designed to help family and friends protect and build the relationships they have with their loved ones in prison.

  • WHEN YOU HAVE TO GO TO PRISON by Margaret R Kohut
     

    This book was written to help anyone who is preparing to go to prison with the possibilities, expectations, and realities of their situation from the strain it will put on a marriage, to the conversations you will need to have with your children. After interviewing more than 100 past and present inmates along with their families, this book provides a complete perspective into how people respond to the prospect and reality of incarceration, and what you can do to prepare for those realities.

  • ARRESTED WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR LOVED ONE’S IN JAIL by Wes Denham

    Arrested is the only guide to supporting family members facing criminal charges. It explains how to make decisions that are in the best interests of the entire family—not just the defendant—and provides checklists of what things to do, and in what order. Form letters called "jail mail" are included to help readers quickly send important information to inmates.

  • BEFORE AMEN: THE POWER OF A SIMPLE PRAYER by Max Lucado

    Author Max Lucado joins readers on a journey to the very heart of biblical prayer, offering hope for doubts and confidence even for prayer wimps. Distilling prayers in the Bible down to one pocket-sized prayer, Max reminds readers that prayer is not a privilege for the pious nor the art of a chosen few. Prayer is simply a heartfelt conversation between God and his child. Let the conversation begin.

  • BEYOND LONELINESS: THE GIFT OF GOD'S FRIENDSHIP by Trevor Hudson

    Loneliness touches everyone, whether they are young or old, rich or poor. It can be one of the most painful experiences of life. There is a friend-shaped hole in all of our lives, Trevor Hudson writes. People long for relationship with others, but what may surprise them is that God actually longs to be friends with them. Having a close friendship with God is the only thing that will ultimately bring joy and happiness and ease the ache of loneliness.

  • CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL: FINDING MY FAITH by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Susan M. Heim
     

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: Finding My Faith is filled with inspiring stories about the number of ways people discover, or rediscover, their faith—whether it's Christian or Jewish. The inspirational and powerful stories will touch the hearts and souls of readers.

  • CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE UNSINKABLE SOUL by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Susan M. Heim
     

    This book emphasizes triumph in the face of overwhelming odds. A timeless testament to the indomitable human spirit, this collection is sure to encourage, support, comfort and, most of all, inspire all readers for years to come.

  • DAILY LIGHT ON THE DAILY PATH compiled by the Samuel Bagster Family
     

    Thousands have experienced the spiritual rewards of daily reading these inspiring Scripture selections. Each morning and evening devotional is designed around a biblical theme, giving you new insights into powerful spiritual truths. As you read Daily Light on the Daily Path, you will find fresh insight into the promises of God, experience triumph in every circumstance, discover new purpose for your life, uncover deep truths of the Bible, acquire newfound wisdom, and build your faith.