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All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center And Middle Way House To Co-Host Mother's Day Vigil For Incarcerated Parents And Their Families
Updated May 10, 2018 7:25 AM
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(BLOOMINGTON) - All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center (PRC) and Middle Way House are announcing that the two agencies will co-host a vigil and banner drop for incarcerated parents and their families on Mother's Day.

The event will take place on Sunday, May 13th from 1-2 p.m. outside of the Monroe County Correctional Center on College Avenue (near the corner of 8th Street). They invite all community members to join them in a show of 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 informs us that for most of these women, this violence played a significant role in their incarceration. All-Options PRC and Middle Way House each offer resources to assist people experiencing violence and abuse, including those who are or have formerly been incarcerated.

At All-Options, people can find unconditional support around pregnancy, parenting, abortion, and adoption in addition to peer counseling, free pregnancy tests, abortion funding, and diaper supplies. In addition to a broad range of client-driven services to survivors of domestic abuse sexual violence, and human trafficking throughout six counties in southern Indiana, Middle Way House currently offers a weekly support group to survivors of violence within the Monroe County Correctional Center as well as collaborates with other agencies, All-Options among them, to host monthly letter writing nights to incarcerated survivors.

"I am so pleased for Middle Way House to collaborate with All-Options to show support for and create awareness of incarcerated parents," said Debra Morrow, Executive Director of Middle Way House. "Middle Way House supports all survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence, and human trafficking, including those who are incarcerated," said Morrow.

"Many of All-Options' clients readily feel the impact of state violence on their families and may be survivors of incarceration themselves," noted Shelly Dodson, Center Director at All-Options PRC. "All-Options is committed to providing all people with judgement-free support and services - like abortion funding and diaper assistance - while raising community awareness around prison abolition. We're delighted to work in partnership with Middle Way House on the Mama's Day effort."

For Middle Way House's free and confidential 24/7 help and crisis line, please call: (812) 336-0846.

ABOUT ALL-OPTIONS PREGNANCY RESOURCE CENTER:

All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center provides unconditional and unbiased support to Hoosiers across their experiences with pregnancy, parenting, abortion, adoption, pregnancy loss, and infertility. The Center offers free pregnancy tests and peer counseling with trained advocates, material support like diapers, baby clothes, and abortion funding, and referrals to all kinds of local health and social service providers. All Options PRC is a secular nonprofit organization and all services are confidential and available free of charge.

ABOUT MIDDLE WAY HOUSE:

Since 1971, Middle Way House has been providing services to people in crisis. Today, Middle Way House provides emergency shelter; a 24-hour crisis line; on-scene advocacy; support services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and human trafficking; transitional and permanent housing solutions for survivors; legal advocacy; and education and prevention programs. Middle Way House serves six counties in southern Indiana, relying on a staff of 70 and a volunteer force of 300+ to provide around-the-clock response to abuse and assault. For more information, please visit: www.MiddleWayHouse.org



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