What is it like to visit your family member that is incarcerated? Who does the family of the incarcerated talk to about the hurt and disappointment? Where do they get help?
Read Karen’s story of how it was when her brother went to prison:
I think the hardest part of having a loved one incarcerated is constantly feeling like you have to defend them. When I was 17 my brother was sentenced to 25 to life for first degree murder. I knew he was not a bad person. I knew deep down inside he was a good kind loving person who in his right mind would never hurt anyone. The problem was because of drugs and alcohol, he was not in his right mind for a moment in time that cost the life of another person and heartbreak and devastating loss for two families. We had to keep it a secret from some people because there were certain things you just didn’t tell. We couldn’t talk about it to other people because they just did not understand or they were too quick to judge and caused even more emotional damage. There was no one to walk us through what to expect or help us to sort through what was happening. And back then, you could not get too close to the other people who were visiting because of the conflicts it could cause behind the walls.
After reading Karen’s story can you see the hard and painful place that the family finds themselves in?
So, our Prison Ministry is developing a group for the Families of those on the inside. Sheila Turbinton is heading this group up. Check this out:
Families Outside the Wall
James 2:14-16 instructs us to show our Christian faith by meeting the needs of others. When those “others” are the families of the incarcerated, we often need to help in many ways.
We have a NEW team under Prison Ministry titled “Families Outside the Wall”. This team is designed to strengthen, rebuild and empower families that have been devastated by the incarceration of a love one. The incarceration of a loved one can be overwhelming. With the establishment of this team our goal is to help families know what to expect after someone they care about has been arrested, and how to cope before, during, and after their sentence. This team consists of four and they are looking for additional members. All are welcome and the first team meeting is March 24. If interested, contact Sheila Turbinton at 707-315-3190 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org