Tuesday, June 16, 2009

A ray of sunshine in a dark prison cell

In discussing the subject of writing letters to prisoners, John Speer says, in his book UNCOMMON COMMUNITY: "A genuine correspondence offers a prisoner an opportunity to peer into a home and a life that may be substantially different from anything he or she has ever known, and it offers the free-world writer the same opportunity."

With that in mind, HFP has been developing a letter-writing program.

After several months of meetings and discussions with a select committee at Plymouth Congregational Church in Grand Rapids, I am pleased to report that this past Sunday, June14, we launched an innovative new program for writing letters to prisoners. It's called Project Window, designed to shine a little light into dark prison cells. About a dozen people have committed to writing one letter a month to a single prisoner, for at least one year. The names of the prisoners were carefully chosen by HFP. The letter writers use only first names, and the return address is the church. A set of suggested guidelines has been prepared by HFP.

It is our hope that we can enlist more organizations as partners for Project Window. For more information, please contact our office.

Meanwhile, as we continue to innovate, expand and touch lives behind bars, WE NEED FUNDS, AND FUND-RAISING IDEAS! Your help this month will be greatly appreciated!

Doug Tjapkes, President
20 W. Muskegon Avenue
Muskegon, MI 49440

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