Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women is a nonprofit organization with a mission to build bridges of hope for women in prison before and after release through chaplaincy services, transitional programs and re-entry support.
On any given day, more than 2,500 women are incarcerated in NC; 76% of these women are mothers. We believe all people deserve another chance, and we help women to empower themselves with tools and resources so they have that chance upon release.
For 35 years, IPMW has positively impacted the lives of incarcerated women by providing for both their spiritual and religious needs as well as basic life skills through our chaplaincy programs and services, first at the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women, and since 1989, at the NCCIW's minimum-security Raleigh Unit (formerly Raleigh Correctional Center for Women).
Our transitional education and services extends the work to members of the community, providing a vehicle for volunteers to support the women while they are still incarcerated and readying themselves for release.
Through the third arm of our offerings - reentry support - we partner with faith-based groups, other nonprofit service providers and area businesses to provide much-needed social capital and a helping had as the women work to secure their post-release needs, including jobs, housing, transportation, human services and reunification with children.
Please click here for more information about our history. and read more about the organization's work in our 2014 and 2015 annual reports.
Formerly incarcerated individuals have paid their debt to society and with love and a helping hand, can be successful, productive citizens for the benefit of themselves and their families, and our shared communities and economies. Please consider volunteering or partnering with IPMW to walk alongside and support incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women as they ready themselves for a successful transition into the community upon their release from prison.
"IPMW gave me a connection to a world I hadn't been connected to for 16 years. I had emotional support, references and experienced advice at my disposal for the asking. For me, it wasn't so much about the money aspect as it was the true support I had on every level and the people I had who believed in me because they'd gotten to know Amanda, the person, instead of Amanda, the criminal."