Ways you can help Wings continue into the next 20 years:
- The Extra Mile Champions—$2,500* Connect families in the Wings For L.I.F.E. weekly Monday night program by funding their participation as they learn about money, jobs, parenting, issues unique to incarceration, safety, wellness, literacy, nutrition and many other support services!
- The Steadfast Champions—$1,000* Multiply the impact of Wings For L.I.F.E. by supporting the children’s Pre-K and Tutoring programs, volunteer recruitment and training programs, and Wings outreach into the community.
- Wings Family Day Champion—$500* Helps provide pizza, cookies, drinks, crafts and supplies for children and family members of inmates to attend a community or prison family day that strengthens and reunites the whole family.
- WFL Dinner Sponsor Champion—$250* Provide dinner and children’s programming to an average 76 attendees in the Wings For L.I.F.E. weekly Monday night program for one of 44 annual meetings.
- Wings Daily Life Champion—$100* Provide support for daily operations.
*Recognition on Wings For LIFE International website, newsletters, schedules, weekly email, Facebook blasts
WFL is UNIQUE & there is no program in America like it!
- The United States is the world's leader in incarceration with 2.2 million people currently in the nation's prisons, a 500% increase over the last 30 years. (The Sentencing Project, 2015)
- 1 in 35 adults in the United States are under some form of correctional control. Currently 100 million people (1 in 3 U.S. adults) have a criminal conviction that impacts their employability and future. (New Mexico Prison Population Forecast, 2015)
- 95% of offenders will be released back into the community and of those, 75% will return to incarceration within 5 years. (U.S. Justice Dept.)
- Nationally the female jail population has been the fastest growing correctional population, increasing by an average of 3.4% annually. (NM Prison Population Forecast, July, 2015)
- New Mexico expenditures on corrections $663.41 million - 2.77% of total state expenditures. (Associated Press, 2017)
- United States annual correctional costs $6.7 billion. (The Pew Charitable Trusts, 2018)
- Children of prisoners are up to 72% more likely to become incarcerated themselves. New Mexico is 3rd in U.S. for kids with imprisoned parents. 52,000+ children in NM (about 10% of NM's child population) have had a parent in jail/prison. (Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2016)
- Of the 10% of New Mexico chidren with an incarcerated parent, 19% are Native American and 11% are Hispanic. (datacenter.kidscount.org, 2015)
- The annual cost to incarcerate one juvenile in New Mexico is approximately $182,000 compared to the lowest, $46,662 in Louisiana, and the highest, $352,663 in New York. (Albuquerque Journal, 2015)
- In comparison, New Mexico spends $7,933 annually on education per child and nationally $11,014. (National Center for Education Statistic, 2015)
Because of these difficult factors we believe that committed, caring people in our communities need to take an interest in our children. Education and life-skills are necessary to help prevent another generation of inmates and to cut recidivism. Wings For L.I.F.E. is a program that can work anywhere; inner-city, suburban areas, large and small communities.
Please make a donation today so we can continue &
expand this vital program!
- In 2017 Wings annual budget of $172,486 served a total of 8,857 people including 2,654 children and teens for only $19.47 per person.
- $51,685.43 was the cost Wings spent on 2,654 children and teens which is less than 1/3 the cost of incarcerating one juvenile in the State of NM.
Just imagine what your donation will allow us to do to expand our programming and teach even more people! Wings For L.I.F.E. is a program that can work anywhere; inner-city, suburban areas, large and small communities.
What WFL does NOT do:
- WFL does NOT do a Bible study. Instead, WFL teaches life-skills that will help families of prisoners and returning citizens survive and give them time to find a congregation of their own choosing.
- WFL does NOT say prayers, except for a table grace before dinner is served.
- WFL does NOT proselytize.
What WFL DOES do:
- WFL DOES treat everyone with respect.
- WFL DOES encourage volunteers to see guests as family. Volunteers are asked to live out their faith through their words and actions.
- WFL DOES bring families of prisoners, probationers, and former inmates (returning citizens) together with caring volunteers and is determined to provide a safe and supportive environment for everyone. Because of this Wings For LIFE International cannot allow participation by any person convicted as a sex offender. This protects program participants and helps ensure that offenders do not violate the terms of their probation/parole.
- WFL DOES offer group mentoring and support.
- WFL DOES teach manners.
- WFL DOES provide support and hope.
- WFL DOES provide referrals to supportive agencies.