A summer camp run by the Hope House, a D.C.-based organization, allows kids to attend camp while visiting their incarcerated fathers every day for a week. In a country with some of the highest incarceration rates worldwide, this camp is aimed at strengthening family bonds, lowering the recidivism rate and putting an end to the incarceration cycle. Before being eligible, fathers must go through a parenting course and during the camp, kids reflect about their experiences and the realities of having an imprisoned father. This program is doing great things in the lives of these families. Check out some of these incredible stories from the Hope House website and this news story about the program by the Washington Post:
Hope House provides programs to strengthen families and, in particular, the relational bonds between children and their incarcerated fathers. The organization’s goals include reducing the isolation, stigma, shame and risk these families experience when fathers and husbands are imprisoned, and to raise public awareness about this most at-risk population.