Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women
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Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women is a nonprofit organization with a mission to build bridges of hope for women in prison before and after release through chaplaincy services, transitional programs and reentry support. On any given day, more than 3,000 women are incarcerated in NC; 76% of these women are mothers with as many as 60% with children under the age of 18. We believe all people deserve another chance, and we help women to empower themselves with tools and resources so they have that chance upon release. For 37 years, IPMW has positively impacted the lives of incarcerated women by providing for both their spiritual and religious needs as well as basic life skills through our chaplaincy programs and services, first at the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women, and since 1989, at the NCCIW's minimum-security Raleigh Unit (formerly Raleigh Correctional Center for Women). Our evidence-based transition education and services extends the work to members of the community, providing a vehicle for volunteers to support the women while they are still incarcerated and readying themselves for release.. Through the third arm of our offerings - reentry support - we partner with faith-based groups, other nonprofit service providers and area businesses to provide much-needed social capital and a helping had as the women work to secure their post-release needs, including jobs, housing, transportation, human services and reunification with children.