(BLOOMINGTON) – Middle Way House will host a vigil and banner drop for incarcerated parents and their families on Mother’s Day. The event will take place on Sunday, from 12:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. outside of the Charlotte T. Zietlow Justice Center on College Avenue (near the corner of 8th Street).
They invite community members to join them in a show of solidarity and support for parents incarcerated within Monroe County who are separated from their children.
Eighty percent of women in jails throughout the nation are mothers, who are most often the primary caretakers of their children. Incarcerated women are overwhelmingly survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence. Research and professional experience inform us that for most of these women, their experience of violence played a significant role in their incarceration. Middle Way House offers resources to assist people experiencing violence and abuse, including those who are or have been incarcerated.
“I am thrilled that Middle Way House will organize this event and provide the community with the opportunity to show support for and create awareness surrounding incarcerated parents on Mother’s Day,” said Debra Morrow, Executive Director of Middle Way House. “Middle Way House supports all survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking, including those who are currently or formerly incarcerated,” said Morrow.
For Middle Way House’s free and confidential 24/7 help and a crisis line, please call 812-336-0846.