Wings Ministry
A Ministry for the Families of Prisoners & Returning Citizens

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|   Why Wings   |   Wings Brochure   |   Wings in Albuquerque   |   Wings Staff   |
|   Wings Board Members   |   List of Participating Churches   |   Comments of Support   |   Letters of Support   |   Policy   |  

About Wings

Wings Ministry hosts three parties a year: a Christmas, Easter, and a Back-To-School Party, hoping to reach families at important times throughout the year. The parties are held in sponsoring churches in different parts of the city and in different denominations. All participants in Wings, whether they are inmate’s family members or church volunteers, enjoy the interaction of Christians working together from many different denominations.

Wings Ministry strives to build quality relationships and strong values in teenagers. Search Institute ® in Minneapolis has identified 40 Developmental Assets ® that are necessary for healthy growth in teenagers. Wings provides an arena for effective ways to rebuild assets in the lives of our young people, which can greatly reduce or prevent their involvement in at-risk behaviors.

The guardians and caregivers of the inmate’s children have time to meet with church and community leaders and volunteers. Contacts are made that can enable future support for the families and invitations are extended to the families to attend worship services of congregations in their neighborhoods. Inmate’s families are welcomed and encouraged to find a church home.

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Our Mission is:

Wings Ministry brings families of prisoners and Christian volunteers together as Children of God by:

Our Vision is:

Christ‘s unconditional love shared with all families of prisoners.

To Learn More, See the Wings Action Plan and Organizational Story:

To learn more about Wings Ministry, read our Action Plan that is available through the following links in PDF or Word format:

Wings Action Plan in Adobe® PDF Format : 403 KB

Marissa Nordstrom Perez of Relational Sensibilities: Evaluation, Research & Writing Services produced The Inner Workings of the Wings Ministry: A Compelling Organizational Story for us. This study yields valuable insight into our ministry. Click on the link to view as Adobe® PDF.

The Prison Family Bill of Rights, affirmed in 2012 and adopted in 2013 by the National Prisoner's Family Conference resonates with Wings' core values.

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Why Wings?

Wings springs from the passion of caring Christians and the deep concern we have to minister to families of prisoners who have been largely shunned or ignored by our society.

In our society where children are all at risk in one way or another, children whose parent(s) are in prison, face even more challenges.

Why is a program like Wings so necessary today?

 

— Over 3.5 million Americans are being supervised by the correctional system.

 
 

— The estimated cost to incarcerate an individual varies from $32,000 per year to over $130,000 per year!

 
 

— America spends over $30 billion a year to incarcerate prisoners.

 
 

— Children of prisoners are 6 – 8 times more likely to become incarcerated themselves. They are at critical risk of dropping out of school, getting involved in violence, and teen pregnancy, due to the fact that most of them are living in poverty-stricken, high crime areas with few or no positive adult role models.

 
 

— 78% of inmates claim to have had a relative in prison and 1 in 40 children in America have an incarcerated parent.

 
 

— The national recidivism rate is about 75%.

 
 

— The recidivism rate at the Women’s prison in Grants, New Mexico is one of the highest in the nation – 82%! And 82% of the inmates claim to be mothers.

 
 

— Over 50% of the children who have a parent in prison NEVER visit their parent in prison.

 
 

— At least 33% of black men in their twenties are incarcerated or on probation.

 
 

— The prison population has more than doubled in the past 10 years.

 
 

— If current trends continue, 1 in 20 Americans will be incarcerated in their lifetime.

 
 

— There are at least 2.5 million children in this country who have incarcerated parents.

 
 

— In New Mexico there are approximately 6,000 children of prisoners (5,000 in Bernalillo County – Albuquerque area).

 
 

— New Mexico rates poorly in comparison to the rest of the nation in the way we care for our children.

 
 

1.

One of every four children (26%) in New Mexico lives in poverty, making it the 3rd poorest state for children.

 
 

2.

New Mexico is the 4th highest ranked state for teen births, and 3rd highest for teen death rate due to accident, homicide or suicide.

 
 

3.

The high school drop-out rate nationwide improved since 1990, but New Mexico’s drop out rate worsened to 11%.

 
 

What are we doing for the family members?

Wings Parties!

We strongly believe that they are the beginning for many of these family members to feel welcome and become involved in a local church.

 

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Wings Ministry Brochure

Click here to view the Wings Ministry Brochure in Adobe® PDF Format.


Wings in Albuquerque

Wings Ministry started in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1995. Here are some of the Wings Volunteers at the Santa Fe, New Mexico Prison.

Albuquerque Wings Ministry Volunteers

Ann Edenfield, our founder, is holding the 501(c)3 approval received from the IRS.

Click here for more information about How to Start a Wings Program in your community.

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Wings Staff

Photograph of Ann Edenfield

Ann Edenfield
Executive Director/Founder
2270 D Wyoming NE #130
Albuquerque, NM 87112
1-505-291-6412
1-505-291-6418 Fax
AnnEdenfield@WingsMinistry.org

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Wings Board Members

Click here to learn who our dedicated and committed Board Members are.

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List of Participating Churches

There are over 110 churches and at least 18 different denominations currently participating in the Wings Ministry. To view the list of participating churches, click here.


Comments of Support

Our Supporters are growing every day. Below you can read some comments our supporters' have left us.

 
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"I appreciate what Wings does for justice involved families and I think it is worth supporting."
Sarah Clawson, NMCD Education Bureau
March 15, 2012

 

"Ann has a compelling message and mission to the prison community and their families. Whether it be an offender, a child of an inmate, a correctional officer or the warden of a prison, Ann shares no matter where you are in life's journey, you're a child of God and that Jesus loves you. Ann's ministry through WINGS is one of encouragement, support, and resources primarily to those families who are standing alone on the outside while their loved one serves their time in prison. She is dedicated to keeping families together through this arduous journey."
Cheryl Sartain, Residential Real Estate Marketing Specialist
May 15, 2012


Letters of Support

Our Supporters are growing every day. Click on the links below to view some our supporters' letters in Adobe® PDF Format:

 

Participant- Letter of Appreciation
Men’s Recovery Academy Wings Party in Los Lunas, NM
June 9, 2012

 

Chaplain John Compton - Letter of Appreciation
Chaplain, New Mexico Women's Correctional Facility
March 6, 2012

 

Michele B. Romero - Letter of Support
Development Associate - Dismas House
February 17, 2012

 

John Romero - Letter of Support
John Romero, State of New Mexico Second Judicial District
February 16, 2012

 

Erma Sedillo - Letter of Support
Retired Deputy of Corrections, State of New Mexico
February 16, 2012

 

Sarah Clawson - Letter of Support
Family Services Development Coordinator, New Mexico Corrections Department
February 14, 2012

 

Chaplain Jacob McLeroy - Letter of Support
Springer Correctional Facility
July 8, 2011

 

Paul P. Solnick - Letter of Support
Inmate, Grafton Correctional Institution, Grafton, Ohio
June 30, 2011

 

Gary Sim - Letter of Support
Religious Services Administrator
May 29, 2011

 

Darryl Graves - Letter of Support
Deputy of Special Services, Southeastern Correctional Institution
January 28, 2011

 

Denis Porter - Letter of Support
Office of Offender Workforce Development, NM Corrections Department
June 2, 2010

 

David Madara - Letter of Support
Pastor, Trinity United Methodist Church, Albuquerque, New Mexico
April 5, 2010

 

Beth Bustos - Letter of Support
Children, Youth and Families, State of New Mexico
April 1, 2010

 

Martha Spohn - Letter of Support
Ohio Department of Youth Services
March 12, 2009

 

Joe R. Williams - Wings Endorsement
New Mexico Secretary of Corrections
February 20, 2004

 

Eloy L. Mondragon - Letter of Support
Eloy L. Mondragon, Corrections Consultant
Former Secretary of Corrections, State of New Mexico
February 24, 2004

 

Ron Guillemette - Letter of Support
Director - New Mexico Corrections Department of Education
State of New Mexico / Corrections Department
December 4, 2003

 

Cel Vigil - Letter of Support
Criminal Justice Consultant
December 28, 2003

 

Peggy Steven's Letter of Support
January 2, 2004

 

Joey Stuckey - Letter of Support
Musician
January 26, 2004

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Wings Ministry Statement of Policy and Procedure: Safety

  1. Wings Ministry brings families of prisoners, probationers, and former inmates together with caring Christian volunteers and is determined to provide a safe and supportive environment for everyone.
  2. Wings Ministry cannot allow participation by any person convicted as a sex offender. This protects program participants and ensures that offenders do not violate the terms of their probation/parole.
  3. Because the Wings Ministry believes everyone is a child of God, any person restricted from attending a Wings Party or Wings for L.I.F.E. event will be referred (with their permission) to an appropriate ministry and/or program.
  4. The Wings Ministry Safety Policy Statement will be printed on all sign-in registration forms and agendas. All attendees are required to sign in at the registration table using Wings Ministry registration forms.

    Policy statement shall read: Wings Ministry Parties & Wings for L.I.F.E. cannot allow participation by any person convicted as a sex offender.

  5. Any person on probation and/or parole attending a Wings for L.I.F.E. event must check the appropriate box on the registration form and name his/her PPO and contact phone number. Wings for L.I.F.E. personnel will contact the appropriate probation/parole officer for approval to ensure that the probationer gets community service credit, if applicable.
  6. All Wings Parties and Wings for L.I.F.E. events are organized and set-up in a way to follow the most up-to-date safety practices.
  7. Wings Ministry reserves the right to ask a guest to leave an event if his/her behavior is threatening or inappropriate.
  8. All Wings Parties and Wings for L.I.F.E. events are drug, alcohol, and weapons free.
  9. Violence, property damage, or verbal abuse will not be tolerated at any Wings Party or Wings for L.I.F.E. event.
  10. Out of respect for everyone, all participants at Wings Parties and Wings for L.I.F.E. events are encouraged to dress appropriately.
  11. No volunteer will EVER be alone in a private area with anyone at a Wings Party or Wings for L.I.F.E. event.
  12. No volunteer EVER takes a non-family member to the restroom.
  13. All Wings Parties and Wings for L.I.F.E. events will include an orientation/training that will review these safety policy statements.
  14. To be considered a Certified Wings Volunteer, one needs to complete a NCIC, prison, or other approved background check. Only Certified Wings Volunteers will be allowed to wear a Wings Ministry T-shirt.
  15. Certified Wings Volunteers and board members are encouraged to attend training in sexual harassment prevention, non-discrimination policies, and to review current safety policies on an annual basis.

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|   About Wings   |   Mission Statement   |   Vision Statement   |   Wings Plan   |
|   Why Wings   |   Wings Brochure   |   Wings in Albuquerque   |   Wings Staff   |
|   Wings Board Members   |   List of Participating Churches   |   Letters of Support   |   Policy   |