CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES
Children suffer the most during this difficult time, sadly, through no fault of their own. Statistically, children who have an incarcerated parent are unfortunately very likely to follow in that parent’s footsteps — unless they experience caring and capable intervention. That is why JPAF offers scholarships to Jewish day camp as well as other services for kids. Helping these youngsters now prevents serious problems in the future.
A person facing incarceration or returning from prison often needs to talk to someone who has been in their shoes. JPAF connects its clients and their families with helpful mentors who understand what they are going through.
The cornerstone of JPAF’s efforts is personal connection. Forming relationships with a mentor such as Rabbi Scheiman, giving prisoners the chance to internalize the message of personal redemption and the responsibility and the innate ability of each individual to transcend their limitations. A stable and healthy personal relationship, especially with a faith-based mentor, is a proven, key factor for successful re-entry and rehab.
JPAF keeps a list of attorneys and other professionals who offer pro bono services to those in need. We may be able to locate legal help for those who need it, or simply provide information on how to navigate the correctional system.
PASSOVER & HOLIDAY SUPPLIES
Citizens forfeit many rights when they commit a crime, but religious observance is well-known to be valuable in rehabilitation efforts. JPAF, in cooperation with the Aleph Institute, does its best to provide basic mitzvah items, including matzah for Passover and kosher food throughout the year. JPAF also helps to smooth things over when prison officials deny access to these Jewish items, as unfortunately commonly occurs.
Productive employment is important to long-term stability, yet ex-prisoners obviously face challenges in their job search. JPAF helps match willing employers with people who are eager to make a fresh start in life.
IGNITING THE SPARK IN EVERY JEW
JPAF has room to grow, offering more social services and targeted support to families and children, as well as programs for ex-prisoners, especially those who are not eligible for participation in programs of other agencies.
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS DIVISION
Chabad has a new center in the southern part of the state, and prison visitation is a part of its services. To learn more about Chabad in the southern Illinois region, please click here.