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  • 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!

  • In episode 7, meet Jessica Means serving women transitioning from incarceration...

    Jessica is someone who was handpicked by our Executive Director, Avon, as someone to highlight because of her tremendous impact in the reentry community. Jessica also is a formerly justice involved individual who has used her journey to allow her to make positive change in the reentry community. She wears many hats in the reentry community. Listen to this conversation HERE! Remember to share, comment and give us feedback on these conversations.

  • Meet Gerald Bradford in this Connect Conversation. Episode 6 is LIVE on July 26th!

    We had the opportunity to catch up with Gerald Bradford and not only hear about the amazing work he is doing, but also his journey that led to the reentry work he does at Renton Technical College and his non-profit, Fresh Start PS.  Listen to this conversation HERE!

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  • Events | Arms Around You

    What's happening at AAY? Find your event on the calendar and RSVP or look below... Check out upcoming events! 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 Every dollar counts! HERE.

  • About | AAY

    MISSION Arms Around You is a non-profit re-entry program that provides referrals and resources to formerly incarcerated individuals coming out of correctional facilities, the homeless community, victims of domestic violence and substance abuse, as well as those dealing with transitional needs due to unexpected life changes. Arms Around You (AAY) is an organization that provides 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 referrals; such as employment training, substance abuse treatment, Mental health support, transitional housing, mentoring, family reunification and improved community supervision. The life skills and therapeutic tools provided through AAY get to the heart of the matter and instill a sense of confidence and heightened self-esteem to the men, women and young adults who embrace their commitment to succeed at a second chance in life by becoming productive members of their communities by transforming through their transition. VISION Our objective is to provide a safe environment of community support, education, and encouragement to those that are in the re-entry phase of life. To provide resources and hands-on programs that equip individuals with the necessary skills, emotional healing, guidance and stability needed to succeed. AAY will provide hope, training, and support to formerly incarcerated men and women and others transitioning in life, allowing them to redirect their lives with the goal of becoming productive contributing members of their community. When those in need come to Arms Around You, they are welcomed into a community of mutual kinship, compassion, and a wide variety of services geared toward rebuilding a positive foundation on the path to successful re-entry. Transitional support is offered to the men and women who enroll in self-help classes that allow them to re-identify who they are in the world, as well as job training so they can reclaim solid positioning in life while they become contributing members of the community. WHY ARMS AROUND YOU WORKS ARMS AROUND YOU is unique among other organizations serving the community in that we reach deeper to fix the problem from the inside out. Arms Around You works with extraordinary community partners who help nurture the broken pieces of our mentees and foster the skills, dreams, and are only half the battle; these individuals need to redirect their lives. Support and therapeutic services are vital keys in transitioning. We offer services in education, therapy, substance abuse treatment, legal assistance, and job placement. We also offer six different social enterprise businesses where trainees can receive real job training that they can use immediately upon graduation from one of our varied programs. Arms Around You brings the entire community together to lock arms around those who need assistance to provide a more level playing field for those who just need someone to believe they can overcome. Arms Around You want to tap into the personal power these individuals may not even realize they have because until now they have been just a number to a local agency. More about the future expansion of Arms Around You re-entry program continues to evolve we continue to build strategic, and lasting corporate and community relationships that provide traditional and alternative methods of implementing a positive change by investing in our own communities. More About Our Programs MEDIA MENTIONED Nonprofit Spotlight: Seattle’s Arms Around You Building Trust to Help Individuals Re-enter Society

  • Donate | Arms Around You

    With Your Help We Can Achieve More Make Someone's Life Better ​ DONATE VIA PAYPAL SHOP THROUGH AMAZON or shop our wish list HERE! THERE ARE OTHER WAYS TO GIVE Get Involved

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