Thursday, January 18, 2024

Jail Brakers Offers Program for Families Impacted by the Criminal Justice System

Jail Brakers will offer a special event for  families and individuals impacted by the Criminal Justice System on Monday, January 22 from 7 to 8:30 pm at the Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 5603 Bull Valley Road in McHenry. 

The gathering will include food and social time, live music, and a candlelight ceremony.

Jail Brakers’ invitation to the program said: 

We have walked through the difficulties many of our fellow community member have endured and we want you to know that we care.  We will hold a candlelight ceremony to bolster hope and resilience for those separated from loved ones due to incarceration and for those returning from prison and jail.  Bring a picture of your loved one as a child or something symbolic of them to share.

Jail Brakers is a mission of Tree of Life: 

…to provide support to families who struggle with the stigma of incarceration and the impact that it has on them. Jail Brakers provides opportunities that give families a voice and a place to be listened to with respect and compassion. We foster the development of community resources that more effectively meet their needs and seek to raise awareness about their concerns while fostering hope. Together we will address the stigma that perpetuates the fear, shame and isolation surrounding incarceration.

The program is free, although donations will be accepted.  Jail Brakers will also have gas cards to support family visits and appointments necessary upon reentry to the community.

For more information visit or call Sue Rekenthaler, 815 354-2579.


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