Jonathan will spend a lifetime trying to get back the precious moments a single bad decision cost him. Nearly 1 in 28 children has a father incarcerated. Incarceration and collateral consequences affect more than just those convicted of crime.
Shane loved his children and had never wanted to hurt them, but his addiction had damaged them.
I’ll never get tired of the smile on those children’s faces when they rip off the wrapping paper and say, “This is from my Daddy?”
Christmas without a parent at home is hard. Christmas with a parent in prison is harder. Prison Fellowship and Angel Tree helped Richard be there in spirit.
Belinda's world was shaken when her father went to prison. Angel Tree and Prison Fellowship helped restore order and showed how hope shines through
Patterns of brokenness seem to pass through family generations, almost like an inheritance.
"He grabbed my hand and said, 'I'm going to leave for a long time and you have to take care of your mom and your sister.'"
The children were headed to the prison's gym where they would meet their incarcerated mothers for a day of fun and memory-making.
Crack cocaine. Prostitution. Murder. Lisa was running from a past haunted by her crimes. And the fear and guilt were overwhelming.
He remembers it like it was yesterday.
The day Zeeke Griffin’s dad was arrested was the day of 7th-grade basketball try-outs—the day his dad had been planning and preparing him for all year.
“I figured he’d just be home in the afternoon,” Zeeke recalls.
I have been an Angel Tree church coordinator for many years, but 2014 has to have been the best ministry year yet.
"I delivered my baby girl, shackled to a hospital bed, in a vulnerable position exposed to all, without family and only corrections officers by my side."