Starting in prison, EWOP Family Liaisons interview each participant and have them complete a survey regarding their relationships with their loved ones. After a participant has completed the interview and survey, the Family Liaisons begin an outreach campaign to open lines of communication and strengthen the ties between each family and their participant. EWOP conducts open conference calls led by our Family Liaisons and re-entry staff for families to learn more about our program. Family members are provided with information about EWOP, updates on the class’s progress, tips on how to manage their loved one’s release, information regarding the reintegration process, resources for forgiveness and acceptance, and any questions the families might have are answered.
The connection to family and friends developed while our women are still inside builds confidence and hope, which leads to reunification and love. This rebuilding of family relationships helps our women with their transition back to the community once they are released. We encourage our women to be back in the lives of their children as soon as possible after release. We also serve their children through a major children’s Christmas outreach project, sponsored by a local church. We have a family reunification weekend every summer that is hosted by the First Baptist Church of Athens, TX, and a beach weekend outing in the fall for our graduates and their families.