Our monthly support group meets the 1st Thursday of every month from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm at The Unity Spiritual Center of Woodstock. 225 W Calhoun, Woodstock, IL 60098.
Our mission is 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.
We provide gas cards for families who wish to maintain strong family connections during their loved one’s incarceration.Often, family members are sent anywhere from 1.5hrs to 7 hours away from home. This imposes a significant financial barrier in addition to the emotional and physical challenges faced when visiting loved ones. Research informs us that being able to maintain positive support increases the likelihood of a successful reentry process, helpful in reducing recidivism- the rate at which people are re incarcerated.
Cheryl Niemo is the Founder and Director of Jail Brakers ministry. Due to her personal experience with the incarceration of her oldest son and her experience in the social work field, Ms. Niemo founded Jail Brakers in 2009 to address the stigma related to incarceration and to providing meaningful resources to families and individuals affected by incarceration as a means to elevate family identity and improve outcomes.
Our logo was created by families of our first pilot group who stated they wanted a support that would help break the cycle and reduce their suffering. This is what they had envisioned in their hearts and minds.
To support this work, we hold several fundraisers each year including our annual Turkey Bingo, participation the Human Race, and more.