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"No act of charity is foreign to the society"

LaShanna Tyson

EKWIP Founder

407-576-7725  Email: ltyson.ekwip@gmail.com

Who We Are

EKWIP is a part of St. Vincent de Paul Orlando, and serves to provide holistic support to individuals impacted by parental incarceration within Florida prisons, through support groups specifically designed for children of incarcerated parents, their caregivers, and their incarcerated parent.


Founding History

EKWIP was born from a vision that, LaShanna Tyson, had after serving a 13 year prison sentence at Lowell Correctional Institution.

During her incarceration, Ms. Tyson was able to reflect back on her childhood and face the reality that her path to incarceration was shaped by pain and trauma that had been passed down through generations in her family.  Faced with this reality, Ms. Tyson, set out to change the outcome of other children and families to end the cycle of generational incarceration, pain, and trauma.


Community Needs

The United States’ prison population has dramatically increased in the last recent decades from 319,598 inmates in 1980 to 1.5 million inmates in 2015 not including those in jails or under community supervision. The state of Florida has the third largest correctional system in the United States. Six out of the top ten counties with the largest inmate convictions are in Central Florida. Between the years 1980 and 2014, the number of incarcerated women rose from a total of 26,379 in 1980 to 215,332 in 2014. As the vast proportion of incarcerated individuals increases especially women, the number of children left behind to deal with the unintended consequences of parental incarceration increases as well. EKWIP addresses the negative unintended consequences children of incarcerated parents are statistically prone for. EKWIP implements supportive services to help meet the targeted needs of the children of incarcerated parents, their caregivers, and their corresponding parent in prison. This includes increasing assistance for each impacted individual, improving the parent-child bond and visits, and strengthening the child’s overall support system.


GET INVOLVED

1. Volunteer with the support groups and/or the Looking Glass program inside of the Department of Corrections. If you are interested in the Looking Glass program, you will have to go through a Department of Corrections training which certifies you to go inside the prison.


2. Host a training. If your conference is interested in hosting a Department of Corrections approved training for any volunteers interested in direct prison ministry, then please send an email to: LaShanna@ekwipcares.org.


3. Advocacy. This year EKWIP introduced a bill that would keep families together, when the parent has been involved in a non-violent offense. It promotes community alternatives to incarceration. It did not garner the support and attention that it needed to pass into law this session, and we are preparing to gear up for the 2020 legislative session. We would appreciate the support of SVdP, partners, and affiliates across the state. You can read the bill language by clicking the link below: https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/834/BillText/Filed/PDF


4. Pray. We understand that not everyone has the time or resources to devote to the program, however, your prayers are powerful and much needed by all involved.


5. Donate. It costs $2,500 per family a year to provide support groups for the children and caregivers, and $1,000 per semester for one incarcerated mom. This includes the costs of the family reunification visits, and program materials.



Donations can be mailed to:

EKWIP P.O. Box 160508 Altamonte Springs, Fl. 32714

Office number: (407) 576-7725


Website: https://ekwipcares.org/ You can also donate instantly from your phone by simply scanning the PayPal QR code with your camera or QR code reader downloaded from the app store.

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