Panhandle Promise Project
A CASE FOR SUPPORT
In 2014 the project was awarded the status of
Help break the intergenerational cycle of incarceration by providing a range of services to children in the Texas panhandle who have a parent currently in the Texas Department of Justice. Any child who has a family member on probation, parole, or incarcerated is eligible for services through the organization. Services are provided based on the need of each child and his or her family. Primary services include a summer camp, year round mentoring and monthly activities as well as assistance for the families in accessing other services available to them in the region.
Panhandle Promise Project started as Promise Camp, a one week camp run for several years by the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas for children with incarcerated parents. That experience was important for the children involved, but it was clearly insufficient to break the cycle of intergenerational incarceration. Panhandle Promise Project was incorporated in 2012 to serve the greater mission. The organization received its 501(c)(3) tax exempt status in 2014.
Panhandle Promise Project is currently working with 30-35 children and their families. The goal is to replicate this model and create other groups of about the same size, since this is a size group that can bond well and be supported by a single staff person with volunteer assistance.
HELP & SUPPORT
According to Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics (2014) there were 1,574,700 people in state and federal US prisons in 2013. 168,280 are in Texas state and federal prisons. Of the 154,450 are males and 13,830 are females. Resources For PPP
Panhandle Promise Project’s goal is to break the cycle of incarceration. We aim to nurture, honor, and empower children, and families with the stigma of incarceration by educating, developing positive relationships, and providing activities that incorporate the children into the community.
Panhandle Promise Project provides a year round positive adult role model to assist the social and personal development of each child, setting a positive example and fostering the ability of the child to make ethical and moral decisions. This practice will provide the child the tools to make better life choices and become a contributing member of society.
Your generous support makes the Panhandle Promise Project Successful by providing funds for summer camps and mentorship of children in need. All donations are tax-deductible and you will receive a letter of acknowledgment for your records.
WE NEED VOLUNTEERS IN AMARILLO TEXAS
Panhandle Promise Project collaborates with various agencies in the local community. The Panhandle Promise Project understands the need to work with other agencies to effectively serve the population. The following are community businesses that have collaborated or supported the Panhandle Promise Project.
It is early to tell the long-term effect of this program, but we have some good indications that it is providing a wonderful service. One of the outcomes is the friendships that have developed among the families served. Each monthly activity is like a reunion, with hugs and information sharing and signing of cards for those who may be ill.
Another indication is Clothing closet - The families of the Promise Project pulled together and started a clothing exchange so that children without resources to buy clothing can trade their outgrown clothing with other youth in the program.