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Demeter Foundation Expands Services
Date: August 31, 2017 06:25PM

Demeter Foundation Expands Services

In the Demeter Foundation’s summer newsletter is an announcement that they have recently expanded the availability of their Welcome Home Kit to 68 Wisconsin counties. The Welcome Home Kits contain personal essential items and resource information. Programs are at ‘no cost’ to formerly incarcerated women who have been back in the community for less than one year.

The Demeter Foundation also has classes and workshops or can refer formerly incarcerated women to organizations that provide the information on the following topics:
• Creating a Healthier Lifestyle: A Step-By-Step Guide to Wellness
• Creative writing, job readiness, resume writing, nutrition, stress reduction
• Assistance with goal plans and attending meetings with you and your P.O.
• Civil rights and humane treatment advocacy
• Resources to locate health care and Independent Living Skills. Learning about Social Security Disability Benefits
• Someone to talk to, provide support and encourage you to keep going. We promote Trauma-Informed Care and Positive Peer Support
• Outings to area events such as educational presentations and farmers market to learn how to use your Quest Card for healthy, fresh food
• A ‘Welcome Home Kit’ with personal basics
• Accessibility to arts, music and the theater
• Building skills through volunteering

The Demeter Foundation is inviting incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women to send them a poem of 200 words or less or to an article of 500 words or less about what gives them hope. All participants will receive a certificate of participation and the winner will be printed in the Winter 2017 issue of their newsletter.

The Demeter Foundation is also interested in hearing from women serving long-term sentences in the Wisconsin Women’s Correctional System and learning about how their time is spent and what services and supports are available to them while incarcerated. The Demeter Foundation would like learn about the women’s information and concerns regarding their incarceration time.
• What types are programs are available to them?
• What level of care are they receiving emotionally and physically?
• Do they have outside support? What kinds of support would be helpful to them?
• Do they have the opportunity to work and get state pay?

The Demeter Foundation’s newsletter and more information on its initiatives may be found by visiting: www.thedemeterfoundation.com.

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