Funding to Help Equip Prison Fellowship's Returning Citizens and Current Justice Ambassadors in Becoming Effective Advocates
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Prison Fellowship®, the nation's largest Christian nonprofit serving prisoners, former prisoners, and their families, and a leading advocate for criminal justice reform, has just been awarded an inaugural grant from The Just Trust to launch a specialized track that will equip Prison Fellowship’s formerly incarcerated Justice Ambassadors to become effective advocates for justice that restores, while simultaneously growing in their own professional and personal development.
"I started in my advocacy journey as a Prison Fellowship Justice Ambassador volunteer learning to leverage my voice and lived experience," said Sammy Perez, Director, Grassroots. "Now, leading the program as Grassroots Director, I couldn't be more thrilled to have The Just Trust's generous support to launch a specialized track that will equip our formerly incarcerated Justice Ambassadors to take their skills and influence to the next level."
On March 1, 2022, The Just Trust announced funding commitments to 25 organizations, including Prison Fellowship, totaling over $36 million. The funding will advance six core priorities including advocacy infrastructure, campaign moments, media and narrative projects, justice alternatives, partnerships and coordination, and rapid response and is based on grantmaking strategies developed alongside key leaders from across the criminal justice reform, business, and philanthropic fields.
"The Just Trust is here to help shepherd a more equitable, humane, and dignified engine of public safety in this country," said Ana Zamora, Founder and CEO of The Just Trust. "We are pleased to support Prison Fellowship’s approach to criminal justice reform, one that is critical to transforming the criminal justice system in every state across the county."
"Amidst the intense political division of our nation, ensuring that a variety of formerly incarcerated voices, including those motivated by their faith values, are equipped with communication, advocacy, and leadership skills, is vital to changing hearts and minds in local communities and gaining momentum to achieve the bipartisan consensus needed for holistic justice reforms," said Heather Rice-Minus, Senior Vice President of Advocacy & Church Mobilization.