UP In the Streets: a 2014-2015 initiative

The unPrison Project (UP) works inside prisons across the country to motivate and inspire prisoners
to dream and plan about the future and provide tools for steps to get there and achieve their goals.

We work on the outside, too, with our program, UP In the Streets, to provide resource materials to those in homeless shelters. Often the step before prison is homelessness, unemployment, and poverty. The facts about homeless women and families are too stark to ignore.

On any given night across the nation:

  • 54% of homeless report experiencing one or more types of incarceration and of homeless who have been incarcerated:
    • 79% showed symptoms indicating drug or alcohol abuse or dependence
    • 75% showed symptoms indicating the presence of a mental illness
    • 31% have been physically or sexually abused
  • Among homeless families in shelters, women comprise 77.9% of adults
  • 26.2% of all sheltered persons who were homeless had a severe mental illness
  • 34.7% of all sheltered adults who were homeless had chronic substance use issues
  • About 200,000 children are members of homeless families, and among these children, 42% under six years old.


    The unPrison Project (UP)  expands its reach beyond prisons and detention centers. Homeless shelters and other providers for homeless around the country use UP for resource materials. For example, a homeless resource center in Seattle reads a chapter a night to their women from the memoir, Prison Baby, by our founder, Deborah Jiang-Stein.

PrisonBaby GloriaSteinem copyAbout the book, PRISON BABY: A deeply personal and inspiring memoir recounting one woman’s struggles—beginning with her birth in prison—to find self-acceptance, proving that redemption and healing are possible, even from the darkest corners.” On Amazon.

UP In the Streets

While many strong programs offer shelter and food, we aim to provide nourishment of mind, heart, and spirit. We hope to provide a step in this journey for those in need of security and permanent housing. Hope doesn’t change anything on its own, but nothing happens without first hoping.

For every $20 contribution
One homeless person receives a copy of Prison Baby, along with the discussion guidebook and a personal journal for goal setting.

  • $20 pledge supplies one homeless person a copy of Prison Baby, along with the discussion guidebook and a personal journal for goal setting.
  • $100 pledge supplies five homeless people each with a copy of Prison Baby, along with the discussion guidebook and a personal journal for goal setting.
  • $200 pledge supplies ten homeless people each with a copy of Prison Baby, along with the discussion guide and a personal journal for goal setting.
  • $500 pledge supplies 25 homeless people each with a copy of Prison Baby, along with the discussion guide and a personal journal for goal setting.
  • $1000 pledge supplies 40 homeless people each with a copy of Prison Baby, along with the discussion guide and a personal journal for goal setting.

Thank you for thinking of the security, development, and growth of others. The unPrison Project is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit. Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.

For mailing checks: 

The unPrison Project c/o UP In the Streets
8014 Olson Memorial Hwy #153
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55427

 For online donations,  secure contributions via PayPal

Thank you for supporting the work of The unPrison Project, a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.

3 thoughts on “UP In the Streets: a 2014-2015 initiative

  1. Christopher Beall

    Thank you for your story, it inspired me to send a donation and I am sure it will inspire others to do likewise. Good luck with your journey.

    Reply
  2. philip bechler

    AMAZING! You are making a difference, I read your story on line today, not sure where I found the story but very moving. Blessings to you for making a difference one person at a time.

    Reply

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