March 2018 Newsletter

Meet the Carters, 20 Years later and still playing UNO

On February 26, 2018, Triona Carter was released from the Montgomery Women’s Facility after serving 20 years and 6 months. She has watched her two boys become handsome and determined young men from behind the walls of Tutwiler prison. Because of the AIM Visitation program, Triona was able to see her children monthly, at no cost to her mother.
AIM also assists families on our visitation program with back-to- school supplies, Christmas gifts and birthday gifts. With the help of a new grant we are able to offer a small scholarship to high school seniors accepted into college. The AIM visitation program is not just for mothers, it is for the children who are taken away from the mothers.

First check out this video Triona did for AIM during one of her first visits with her boys, nearly 20 years ago.

Now, check out the reunification video between Triona her mother, her father and her two boys. (The video is not the best quality but the message is clear!)

Visitation at Tutwiler

This month at Tutwiler we had a special meal cooked by our volunteer, Carol Lasater–ham, mashed potatoes and green beans, with fruit and rolls…cookies for dessert! It was cold outside, but the families had a great time together! Volunteers Sharon Christman and Gaile Randall helped the children make snowflake prints.  Alexis Morris played hot potato with the children, and Cassandra Carroll took photos and printed them.

Montgomery Women’s Facility

Chilly outside, warm hugs and kisses inside! Families bonded over games and good conversation. We even celebrated a birthday!

Giving Back

This month, AIM welcomed the challenge of making incentives for 265 women at Tutwiler. Each year the prison hosts a Christmas decorating competition between each dorm. The women get extremely creative and everyone in the dorm participates in the decorating. This year the winning dorm received a pizza and salad party hosted by AIM along with candy, candy and more candy!

The second-place winners received snack bags and the Warden allowed us to take individual pictures of the women, to mail home to their families. They were extremely excited, some said their families had not seen them for three years. Some women have not had a picture taken in 10 years. Third place winners received a snack and journals.
This was a great opportunity for AIM to work with all incarcerated women, not just mothers. The women were extremely grateful–they made a thank you banner, using computers and printers donated through an anonymous donor.

The Guys and Doll Club in Montgomery, AL and teen club made 40+ pack-a-purse for women leaving Alabama prisons

If your group would like to get involved with AIM, give us a call at

334-262-2245 or email us at carol@inmatemoms.org.

Upcoming Events:

February 7th:  Book Club at Montgomery Women’s Facility.

February 10th: Visitation at Tutwiler and Montgomery Women’s Facility.

February 10th: PREA Training at Grants Mill Theater

8:00 am to 12:00 pm you must register at

https://registration.highlandsapp.com/register/1524#/attendee

this training is hosted by Church of the Highlands

February 14th: Happy Valentine’s Day.

Thanks to our January donors: Joel Brouwer, Booth United Methodist Church, Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Gregory Vitalis, Penny Weaver.

We are also grateful for our funders: Alabama Civil Justice Foundation, Central Alabama Communities Foundation, City of Montgomery CBDG, Children’s Trust Fund,  First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, River Region United Way, St. John’s Episcopal Church, ViiV Healthcare, Working Woman’s Home Association.

We now have a GoFundMe Page. This is a fundraising medium that anyone can contribute to! No donation is too small and there is no fee to those who donate. Our organization has been scraping by lately, and we could use any help! Your donations go directly to helping our many in-prison programs as well as our re-entry home. Click here for more information and to donate: Become a Friend of AIM.

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