UP in the Streets

Books for women in homeless shelters

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

For more than 10 years, The unPrison Project (UP) has worked inside prisons across the country with programs for life skills, literacy and books donation, and mentoring. We work to motivate and inspire women and girls in prison 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 books and 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.

About 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: 

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

For secure online contributions via PayPal         
Thank you for supporting  The unPrison Project, a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.

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