Peaceprints of WNY

Peaceprints of WNY Strengthening Communities by Rebuilding Lives Peaceprints of WNY is a 501c3 non-profit organization offering comprehensive reentry services to men and women involved in the criminal justice system.
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Mission: Strengthening Communities by Rebuilding Lives

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BIG thanks to our friends at Dress for Success Buffalo for their donation of 20 brand new coats to the residents of Biss...
02/05/2021

BIG thanks to our friends at Dress for Success Buffalo for their donation of 20 brand new coats to the residents of Bissonette House! We're so grateful for all they do to empower and strengthen our community, and their commitment to the power of second chances!

Dress for Success empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

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Recent articles from the Prison Policy Initiative indicated that parole boards approved fewer releases in 2020 than in 2...
02/05/2021

Recent articles from the Prison Policy Initiative indicated that parole boards approved fewer releases in 2020 than in 2019, despite the pandemic.

It’s important to note that people released on parole are not genuinely free; instead, they complete the remainder of their maximum sentences on community supervision. However, when social distancing is merely impossible inside prisons, it’s generally safer to be released in a flawed community supervision system than to remain behind bars. #factfriday #ileavepeaceprints

In the United States and Canada, Black History Month is celebrated in the month of February. It began as a way to rememb...
02/04/2021

In the United States and Canada, Black History Month is celebrated in the month of February. It began as a way to remember and reflect on the important Black history and heritage.
Every Thursday in February we will be posting about a Black leader in our country. Help us celebrate by taking the time to educate ourselves on some of the most influential people of our time.

Stacey Abrams is a political leader, voting rights activist and New York Times bestselling author. She served in the Georgia House of Representatives and was nominated this year for a Nobel Peace Prize for her work in promoting nonviolent change via the ballot box.
She also cares deeply about criminal justice reform. Her younger brother, Walter, has cycled through the system and his story is one she shares as it is the story of so many in Georgia.
Abrams advocates for reform as a way to improve the safety and security of all Georgians. The four key areas she focuses on are: decriminalization of poverty, re-entry and transition program expansion, juvenile justice reform, and effective community policing.

Meet Njera! This week’s ‘Client of the Week!’ #ileavepeaceprints
02/03/2021

Meet Njera! This week’s ‘Client of the Week!’ #ileavepeaceprints

An important reminder to us all that mass incarceration has consequences that extend far beyond the individual behind ba...
01/29/2021
Why kids need special support when a parent is locked up

An important reminder to us all that mass incarceration has consequences that extend far beyond the individual behind bars.

Every life we help rebuild strengthens our community.

#ileavepeaceprints

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/why-kids-need-special-support-when-a-parent-is-locked-up

CHICAGO – Ray Robinson was 8 years old when he was first detained by police. He grew up mostly on the south side of Chicago, surrounded by poverty, drugs and gang violence. Robinson’s parents “did the best they could,” but worked long hours, he said, so he spent much of his childhood on the ...

Meet Dashawn! This week’s ‘Client of the Week!’ #ileavepeaceprints
01/28/2021

Meet Dashawn! This week’s ‘Client of the Week!’ #ileavepeaceprints

Make sure you grab your copy of Anthony Ray Hinton's The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row befor...
01/26/2021

Make sure you grab your copy of Anthony Ray Hinton's The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row before our February book discussion!

To stay up-to-date on the Just Buffalo Book Club's meetings, book selections, and more be sure to sign up at http://eepurl.com/dH0a89 !

#ileavepeaceprints #JustBuffaloBookClub

An exciting announcement: Peaceprints of WNY will be launching a bi-monthly book club! For more information and meeting ...
01/25/2021

An exciting announcement: Peaceprints of WNY will be launching a bi-monthly book club! For more information and meeting updates, be sure to join our mailing list: http://eepurl.com/dH0a89

Every other month, members of the Just Buffalo Book Club will read and discuss a book curated by a local nonprofit here in our WNY community! The book will address an area of social justice facing our community that the organization is working to combat.

Join us as we elevate the understanding of issues of injustice affecting our community through conversation and education and get inspired to participate in the solution!

Our first meeting is in February! Please join our mailing list http://eepurl.com/dH0a89 for more information on the nonprofits we are partnering with, our 2021 reading list, the discussion event schedule, and more!

Today in his inaugural address, President Joseph R. Biden offered a poignant reminder of the deep seeded inequities that...
01/20/2021

Today in his inaugural address, President Joseph R. Biden offered a poignant reminder of the deep seeded inequities that plague our country and called for unity as we correct our course.

“The cry for racial justice, some 400 years in the making, moves us. The dream of justice for all will be deferred no longer. The cry for survival comes from the planet itself. A cry that can’t be any more desperate or any more clear and now the rise of political extremism, white supremacy, domestic terrorism, that we must confront and we will defeat. To overcome these challenges to restore the soul and secure the future America requires so much more than words it requires the most elusive of all things in a democracy- unity. Unity.”

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"We need leaders not in love with money BUT in love with JUSTICE.  Not in love with publicity but in love with HUMANITY....
01/18/2021

"We need leaders not in love with money BUT in love with JUSTICE. Not in love with publicity but in love with HUMANITY." ~MLK

#MLKDay2021#ileavepeaceprints #socialjustice #EquityMatters

Bursting with pride knowing our team uses their platform to right wrongs and celebrate exceptional individuals like Mr. ...
01/08/2021
Bills RB gifts tickets to wrongfully convicted man

Bursting with pride knowing our team uses their platform to right wrongs and celebrate exceptional individuals like Mr. Dixon. Go Bills!

#billsmafia #Buffalobills #Letsgobuffalo

https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/30670312/buffalo-bills-taiwan-jones-gifts-playoff-tickets-wrongfully-imprisoned-man

Buffalo Bills running back Taiwan Jones gifted playoff tickets to Valentino Dixon, who was exonerated and released from prison in 2018 after serving 27 years for a crime he didn't commit.

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01/04/2021

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"Let our New Year's resolution be this: We will be there for one another as members of humanity, in the finest sense of ...
01/01/2021

"Let our New Year's resolution be this: We will be there for one another as members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word."

~Goran Persson

#ileavepeaceprints #newyear2021 #secondchances #nonviolencebeginswithme

Meet Tyler! This week’s ‘Client of the Week!’ #ileavepeaceprints
12/30/2020

Meet Tyler! This week’s ‘Client of the Week!’ #ileavepeaceprints

Once again we are overwhelmed by the generosity of our community! Thank you to our friends across WNY who came together ...
12/24/2020

Once again we are overwhelmed by the generosity of our community! Thank you to our friends across WNY who came together to sponsor our residents and create a truly memorable holiday experience.

For many of our clients, this marks the first holiday season released from incarceration. We are overjoyed to say that every one of our residents was able to celebrate the month with presents to open.

From Bills wear, to knitted winter attire, and personal hygiene items, our community came together to spread holiday cheer and end 2020 on a high note!

Thank you, thank you, thank you, and happy holidays to everyone who believes in the miracle of second chances.

#ileavepeaceprints #secondchances #Holidays2020

Meet Jason! This week’s ‘Client of the Week!’ #ileavepeaceprints
12/23/2020

Meet Jason! This week’s ‘Client of the Week!’ #ileavepeaceprints

Ending 2020 on a high note, Peaceprints is pleased to announce that thanks to an extremely generous award from Cabrini H...
12/22/2020

Ending 2020 on a high note, Peaceprints is pleased to announce that thanks to an extremely generous award from Cabrini Health Foundation , we are able to expand Project Blue! This exceptional investment from Mother Cabrini allows us to adapt to changes brought about by NYS bail reform and serve an additional 100 clients in 2021!

Check out our press release for more information!
#ileavepeaceprints #projectblue #pressrelease

SPEED NEED! We are in immediate need of furniture to furnish a new apartment for one of our program graduates!  Send us ...
12/21/2020

SPEED NEED!

We are in immediate need of furniture to furnish a new apartment for one of our program graduates! Send us a DM or email Cindi (contact below) and let us know if you can help!

Items most needed:

Couch
Dining Set
Kitchen Utensils
Dresser
Mattress/Boxspring/Frame

#ileavepeaceprints

Meet Rakeem! This week’s ‘Client of the Week!’ #ileavepeaceprints
12/16/2020

Meet Rakeem! This week’s ‘Client of the Week!’ #ileavepeaceprints

We're Hiring!  Apply online today at www.peaceprintswny.org#ileavepeaceprints #nonviolencebeginswithme #socialjustice #j...
12/16/2020

We're Hiring! Apply online today at www.peaceprintswny.org

#ileavepeaceprints #nonviolencebeginswithme #socialjustice #jobseekers #hiringduringcovid #secondchances

Based on her experience with the extraordinary men we serve, a former Peaceprints team member has written a stirring edi...
12/12/2020
Another Voice: Capital punishment has no place in civilized society

Based on her experience with the extraordinary men we serve, a former Peaceprints team member has written a stirring editorial calling for an end to the death penalty.

https://buffalonews.com/opinion/another-voice-capital-punishment-has-no-place-in-civilized-society/article_35940dd4-3a7d-11eb-bca7-8318b33e6813.html

#ileavepeaceprints #nonviolencebeginswithme #secondchances

The best argument against the death penalty is precisely the one real argument for it: vengeance, writes Isabel Shapiro.

Meet Roger! This week’s ‘Client of the Week!’ #ileavepeaceprints
12/09/2020

Meet Roger! This week’s ‘Client of the Week!’ #ileavepeaceprints

We won't let COVID keep us from enjoying a little holiday spirit! On Monday the residents and team members at Bissonette...
12/09/2020

We won't let COVID keep us from enjoying a little holiday spirit! On Monday the residents and team members at Bissonette House spent the day baking cookies and enjoying some holiday tunes!

What cookies will you be baking this month?

#ileavepeaceprints #holidayseason #cookiedecorating #secondchances

Peaceprints of WNY is looking for gently used or new winter jackets! If you have coats/jackets you'd like to donate, ple...
12/02/2020

Peaceprints of WNY is looking for gently used or new winter jackets! If you have coats/jackets you'd like to donate, please comment or message us directly. You can also call Lindsey Allen, Project Director at 716-271-6861 extension 501. Our staff will gladly pick up the items with social distancing in mind!

#ileavepeaceprints #secondchance

Peaceprints of WNY's cover photo
12/02/2020

Peaceprints of WNY's cover photo

Congratulations and many thanks to everyone who helped make this Giving Tuesday a success! Together, we made our goal!#i...
12/02/2020

Congratulations and many thanks to everyone who helped make this Giving Tuesday a success! Together, we made our goal!

#ileavepeaceprints #givingtuesday2020

12/02/2020
www.peaceprintswny.org

There are just a few more hours left in #givingtuesday2020. Thank you to everyone who has made a donation on our Facebook or through our website (www.peaceprintswny.org/donate) to make this day a success!

If you haven't yet made a donation today, please consider making it before midnight so we can take advantage of Lawley's generous offer to match each donation up to $2,500. We're only $680 shy of our goal!

#ileavepeaceprints #givingtuesday2020

Half of all people in this country have a family member who has been involved in the criminal justice system, but mass i...
12/01/2020

Half of all people in this country have a family member who has been involved in the criminal justice system, but mass incarceration does not affect every community equally.

The disproportionate representation of people of color in incarceration puts our work at Peaceprints on the frontlines of the social justice and racial equity movements. Please consider supporting us in our fight by making a donation and helping us reach our #GivingTuesday goal!

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When you support Peaceprints this #GivingTuesday, you are supporting second chances and new beginnings. Here's what one ...
12/01/2020

When you support Peaceprints this #GivingTuesday, you are supporting second chances and new beginnings. Here's what one of our clients had to say about his experience with our programs:

“Another question she asked was ‘is there anything available to us now that wasn’t in the past that could have made things different?’ The answer is yes, Project Blue. I have a transition coordinator that took the initiative to help me with my seventeen year old daughter than ran away from home. She helped secure her living situation and helped me with my role as a father while incarcerated… I tested this program by venting to Deputy Rommel. I basically asked him ‘how can you help an inmate like myself, I’m calling home and hearing about my daughter running away, what can you do for me?’.

“Sure enough, he and my transition coordinator showed and proved. My following phone call was an inspirational moment for me. My daughter was with her grandmother, enrolled back in school. She got help with trying to get her working permit. My whole point is, individuals I just met three months ago are willing to go above and beyond to help me— a criminal with a repetitive arrest record. How can I not give an honest attempt at change? It would be a shame not to take advantage of the endless opportunities Peaceprints and Project Blue have presented to me. Having the opportunity to be a part of the program has been an overwhelming experience for myself and others. I feel comfortable in saying that during my incarceration, Project Blue has helped me solidify a foundation to build a new me. Thank you Peaceprints and Project Blue.”

#ileavepeaceprints #givingtuesday2020

This is a snapshot of the state of mass incarceration in our country. Please consider donating to our fundraiser or thro...
12/01/2020

This is a snapshot of the state of mass incarceration in our country. Please consider donating to our fundraiser or through our website at peaceprintswny.org/donate to help us meet our Giving Tuesday goal and combat this crisis.

#ileavepeaceprints #GivingTuesday

Happy Giving Tuesday! We are thrilled to announce that our friends at Lawley Insurance have generously agreed to match a...
12/01/2020

Happy Giving Tuesday! We are thrilled to announce that our friends at Lawley Insurance have generously agreed to match any donations raised today dollar-for-dollar up to $2,500!

Please consider making a donation to our fundraiser or online at www.peaceprintswny.org/donate to have the impact of your gift doubled!

Stay tuned today for updates! We'll be sharing progress, facts, and stories of how your support is strengthening communities by rebuilding lives!

Peaceprints of WNY's cover photo
12/01/2020

Peaceprints of WNY's cover photo

11/30/2020

We're just a few hours away from #GivingTuesday 2020!

For those who might not be familiar with Giving Tuesday, it is a global day of giving created in answer to the shopping "holidays" that follow Thanksgiving.

At Peaceprints, we are celebrating #givingtuesday2020 with a Facebook fundraiser as we spend the day raising awareness about the toll mass incarceration is having on our country and what Peaceprints is doing to mitigate the damage.

Happy Thanksgiving! Here at Peaceprints, we are counting our blessings for the incredible individuals we have the privil...
11/26/2020

Happy Thanksgiving! Here at Peaceprints, we are counting our blessings for the incredible individuals we have the privilege of serving and for the support of a community that believes in second chances!

Our great appreciation for Catholic Charities of Buffalo, NY who donated turkeys to share with our clients and their families!

#ileavepeaceprints #Thanksgiving2020

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660 Smith St
Buffalo, NY
14210

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Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00

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(716) 856-6131

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#LessIsMoreNY Campaign

Did you know that our nation currently holds over 4.5 million men, women and young people under some form of community supervision?

Peaceprints of WNY proudly supports the proposed New York State, Less Is More: Community Supervision Revocation Reform Act. This comprehensive new legislation addresses the current problems of how technical violations in the parole system lead to re-incarceration.

New York re-incarcerates more people on parole for technical violations - - missed appointments, broken curfew, or positive test for alcohol - - then any other state in the country except Illinois. In 2016, over 65% of those on parole sent back to prison - went back for technical violations.

The new legislation adopts the following recommendations to reform New York’s antiquated parole system:

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