First Presbyterian Church Asheville is partnering again this Spring with Ministry of Hope the Chaplain’s Program at Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women to Host a Mother-Child Retreat Monday, April 9 & Tuesday, April 10.
Swannanoa is a minimum security state operated facility. A small group of about 10 incarcerated women will be invited to spend two days and one night with their children ages 2- 11 at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain. FPCA will provide host site volunteers for those 2 days including providing 4 meals and snacks. The children will meet their mother’s on Monday morning April 9 spend the night, and return to their caregivers home on Tuesday afternoon April 10.
It has been recognized that children need quality, supervised time with their mother, especially while she is incarcerated and cannot see them regularly. Children face tremendous loss and sadness over their separation, and young children often have a lot of fear about what is happening to their mother. Mother’s also benefit and gain skills in interaction with their children before time for their release. FPCA has taken on this important ministry, with a long tradition of area churches hosting the retreat.
Offsite Volunteers: Donations of snack food or monetary gifts for children’s goodbye bags
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