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Bienaventurados Ministry

Bienaventurados Ministry for the families of incarcerated is an archdiocesan Spanish support group.

for Families of the Incarcerated

Our mission

Bienaventurados Ministry exists to support families who suffer the incarceration of a loved one by providing a space in which they can share their common experiences, walk together in solidarity, and mutually offer understanding, strength and  hope.

Our vision

Inspired by our faith and the Beatitudes, we are dedicated to bringing comfort, strength, mercy and hope to the families of the incarcerated, helping them realize that they are not alone, and that God has not forgotten them.

The families need support to reconcile their feelings about their loved one’s incarceration, and to address the loss, hurt, confusion incarceration causes. They need a space where they feel free from the stigma, shame and trauma of incarceration; one that helps them build stronger family relationships, and where they can develop survival skills to face their new reality.

Facts

The numbers are increasing and the problem is growing. Over the last 30 years, the U.S. prison population has increased by 500%.

  • 23% of prisoners are married.
  • 55% of male prisoners and 75% of female prisoners report having children under 18.
  • About 2.8% of all children in the U.S. (one in forty) under the age of 18 have at least one parent in a local or in a state or federal prison.

 (from “A Community Guide” by Family and Corrections Network)

Services

Bienaventurados Ministry provides the following support services:

  • Offer spiritual support to the families
  • Create bonds of solidarity with other families living the same experiences
  • Help build stronger family relationships through parenting formation
  • Share holidays and special occasions with other families
  • Understand the criminal justice system and its procedures
  • Assist with the translation of legal documents
  • Help fill out the necessary forms for prison visits
  • Provide professional financial advice
  • Connect people to social outreach agencies
  • Donations such as school supplies, Christmas gifts, gas cards, food card, etc.

Donate

  • School supplies for the beginning of the school year
  • Christmas gifts
  • Gas cards to facilitate visits to loved ones in prison
  • Food certificates/gift cards from local grocers
  • Food baskets for Thanksgiving,Christmas, and Easter
  • Craft and art materials and educational games
  • Stamps and greeting cards for mailing to the prisoners
  • Monetary donations to defray costs of collect calls from prisons (Please make checks payable to: Archdiocese of Milwaukee, with Hispanic Ministry memo)

Support Group Meetings

Date: Last Sunday of each month

Place: Cousins Center

Archdiocese of Milwaukee
3501 S. Lake Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53207

Time: 3 - 5 pm.

Download English Brochure

 

For more information contact Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Hispanic Ministry Office: 414-769-3398
 

Para español presione aquí.

 

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The Archdiocese of Milwaukee

3501 South Lake Drive
PO Box 070912
Milwaukee, WI 53207-0912

Phone:  (414) 769-3300
Toll-Free: (800) 769-9373
Fax:  (414)  769-3408