Tuesday, July 16, 2013


As we prepare for our Jazz for the Jail fundraising concert, we will also be moving the Backyard Mosaic Women's Project show from it current site, EVP Coffee House on East Wash to the Madison Christian Community. Our show:
Our lives
Shattered by choices or circumstances
Our reflections
Creating beauty out of broken places
Just a bit of background on the support groups available for women when they have work release status and after they leave the jail. Women's Beginnings is a weekly support group that meets at Bethel Lutheran. The primary concerns are AODA issues, employment and parenting. Other issues that are explored  include anger management, trauma, domestic abuse and violence, relationships, mental health challenges, criminal thinking, accountability and self-control. Once a month we have presentors from the community to talk about what their organization can provide women returning to their families and communities.
If a woman is contributing well to the supportive, networking aspect of the group and taking responsibility for her actions, the Backyard Mosaic Women's Project is a support group that is related to the Jail Ministry. This is a safe place for women who are recreating their lives after incarceration, to develop their artistic skills and an opportunity to create community-based public art. We meet every Wednesday at St. John's Lutheran.
We are having a busy summer. We planted our garden at St. John's in cooperation with the Sunday morning children & youth's, Learning Place and were gifted with plants from Oakhill Correctional's Horticulture Program. It is beautiful & worth a drive by on East Washington.
May we hold each other in grace, Julia 

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