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  • Testif-i Storytelling - Hamdiya speaks

    Hamdiya reflects on the 20 years she spent in prison; the women she fought for behind bars and the milestones she missed with her family.

  • LFO Clinic sign-ups were offered in Pierce County!

    A nonprofit is signing people up for clinics throughout the year to help with a streamlined process to seek relief from Pierce County court debt. “One thing we have noticed with LFO work, we have started doing weekly outreach directly into homeless camps, and what we’re seeing is that so many people, so many unhoused individuals that we meet on the street, have legal financial obligations ...,” said Carly Roberts, executive director of Tacoma ProBono Community Lawyers. Read the full article here.

  • All In WA - Emergency Flexible Financial Assistance Grantees

    We’re thrilled to have the support of @AllInWA2020 and our donors as we continue to help impacted WA workers & families within the formerly incarcerated community. This grant will help us address their urgent needs through flexible financial assistance. If you’d like to contribute, please visit Details from "All In WA is announcing $7.8M in grant awards from the All In WA COVID-19 Relief Fund. Across the state, we’re seeing record-breaking unemployment, housing and food insecurity, growing mental health challenges, loss of access to childcare, and a growing digital divide. Historic, systemic inequities make these challenges even harder for our Black, Indigenous, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander, Asian, and Latinx communities, as well as rural and remote residents. While this year has brought unprecedented loss and hardship, we’ve also seen Washingtonians support each other in incredible ways. The grants have been awarded to community-based organizations working hard to support disproportionately impacted WA workers and families. These organizations – the vast majority of which are led by and serve Black, Indigenous, and people of color – will use grants to provide flexible, emergency financial assistance for urgent needs such as rental assistance, food, utilities, and more. The awards span the state in terms of regional distribution, with 17% of funding to Central WA, 11% to Eastern WA, 20% to NW/West and Peninsula counties, 43% to Puget Sound (King/Pierce/Snohomish), and 8% to Southwest WA. Our grant recipients understand the urgent needs of their communities better than anyone. These organizations have deep relationships with the communities they serve and have been instrumental in providing critically needed services to individuals and families who are struggling with basic needs as a result of the pandemic." View Full List HERE. Thank you again, All In WA!

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  • Contact Us | Arms Around You

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  • Non-profit Reentry Resource program | Arms Around You

    WE OFFER MORE THAN A HELPING HAND WE GIVE A SECOND CHANCE AT LIFE What We Do Arms Around You is a Nonprofit Reentry Resource and Referrals program that serves formerly incarcerated individuals coming out of correctional facilities, the homeless community, victims of domestic violence and substance abuse. Arms Around You (AAY) will provide innovative personal development driven reentry programs and resources designed to increase public safety and reduce recidivism by helping the most vulnerable people become self-sufficient, productive, contributing members of their communities utilizing strategic development and coordination of pre- and post-release reentry services; such as, employment training, substance abuse treatment, mental health support, transitional housing, mentoring, family reunification and improved community supervision. Learn More Details Here! Submit Request Now! Trainings Outline of Services Provided to Clients Returning to the Community from Incarceration Vocational training Arms Around You will provide resources and referrals to clients interested in a specific course of study or practical training. AAY will connect the client/mentees with a trade school, technical institute, or vocational college that is designed to lead directly to career opportunities in a particular field. AAY will integrate and incorporate the use of technology in general content areas of vocational education.​ Employment and Education Placement Arms Around You provides referrals to educational institutions, social service agencies, employment agencies and recruiters that will help students, and clients/mentees find work. Decisions about where to place a client/mentees are made by considering the individual clients strengths and needs. AAY will asses and tier placement in order to allow clients/mentees to apply computer and technology skills to learning and problem-solving. Peer Counseling​ We provide the client/mentee with a qualified peer counselor trained to address a broad range of topics by providing one-on-one, confidential support to AAY clients, Because of their own life experience; they are uniquely equipped to provide support, encouragement and resources to those with mental health challenges, substance abuse issues, victims of domestic violence, and homelessness. Our peer counselors apply knowledge, use specific tools, and follow certain rules to help individuals get past obstacles and reach their goals. AAY will assist and train client/mentee in the use of technology -- computers, mobile devices like Smartphone’s and tablets, social media platforms and networks, software applications, the Internet, etc. Life Skills Training​ AAY will assist the clients with the necessary skills to successfully live in today's world. These include knowing how to work at a job and be part of a team, manage money, manage time, and live as part of the family and learning effective communication skills. AAY will assist and support the client/mentee to thrive in the community and in the world beyond. We focus on helping the client with the essential life skills including flexibility, initiative, social skills, productivity, and leadership. AAY will incorporate technology awareness to help to identify what technologies make sense to use given a specific problem; the goal is to educate people about the capabilities of the technology, so they can begin to think creatively about transforming and transition back into society. Workshops and Presentations AAY will host public workshops to encourage and help individuals deal with the issues and root causes of “Recidivism” these workshops will wrap around the main objectives to re-entry into the community and create a safe place for healing. The workshop topics will include • Focus and Self-Control. • Communicating. • Making Connections. • Critical Thinking. • Taking on Challenges. • Self-Directed, Engaged Learning TESTIMONIALS Anonymous This is my I'm Thankful Moment. ​ I have spent most of my life in prison, from the age of 13 to 40, I may have spent a year on the streets, I was released from Walla Walla on January 5, 2012, after serving 15 years for a crime I didn't commit, as I walked past the guards coming to work, several CO'S stated "I got 5, 10, one even bet a 100 that I would return, some gave 2months I heard one say 2weeks".Well, it's been 6 years and I ain't back yet. I would say they lost that bet. You see I made up in my mind that I have had enough. Now with-in these last few years, I been up and I've been down, I have had a 3 bedroom home with 6 cars parked outside, to only have all that taken in the blink of an eye. It is very hard when you have to move back in with you Mom after. There has been many lose, not even a month out and I lost Peanut since then I have lost some many. I have loved those who really didn't love me, given my last with the promise of a return, and to have them either block me or simply not give me nothing back. I've given my all to Folks who ain't gave me nothing but heartache and pain.through it all I remained Humble. There have been times where I felt it would be better to end it all, feeling like it would better without me, holding a 40 to my head. I have been hurt by those close to me, only to suck it up and keep it moving. I Have been blessed to have those who are in my life to better my life. I'm Thankful for all that I've been through. It only made me better. Donate

  • Events | Arms Around You

    What's happening at AAY? Find your event on the calendar and RSVP or look below... Check out upcoming events! Register NOW! PAST EVENTS AAY - Online Campaign ended, but you can still SUPPORT TODAY ! Want to give today? Simply text "AAY206" to 44-321 and donate to the campaign HERE. Every dollar counts! Out of gallery

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