Shop Formerly Incarcerated Women (FIW)
Operation Restoration wants to highlight the work of formerly incarcerated women who are doing amazing things in their communities, own businesses, and run non-profits.
We often get the question: how can I help with your mission? One way you can help is to support these businesses and be a part of shifting the power back into the hands of these women. If you know of any other businesses or non-profits run by formerly incarcerated women that we should highlight, let us know, we want to support them!
"Growing up in the South, you can't help but be surrounded by all of the delicious food that is flavored so well. I learned at an early age what my favorite spices, seasonings, and herbs were and perfected them along the years. That was the beginning of Southern Classic Foods and now that I have completed my perfect blend, I want to share it with all of you!"
Sheena Bryant has started a seasoning and catering company in Atlanta, Georgia to share her passion for food and cooking with her community. If you are in the market for new spices or are looking to cater a large event make sure to reach out to Southern Classic Foods!
This local thrift store provides work, shelter, and a fresh start for formerly incarcerated men and women. Sister hearts helps to build workplace competence, economic independence, and general job skills by providing a secure and comfortable environment for individuals to grow and learn. The store, owned and run by an “absolute treasure of a woman,” carries clothing, furniture, household goods, appliances, and more. Donations of all sorts are gladly accepted and help to make their good work possible. Shoppers can get 20% off their first visit simply by joining the email list!
Free Hearts is an organization led by formerly incarcerated women that provides support, education, and advocacy to families impacted by incarceration, with the ultimate goals of reuniting families and keeping families together.
Helping to organize people facing criminal charges in Nashville, their families and their friends to impact the outcome of cases and transform the landscape of power in the court system.
Project Liberation provides a paradigm-shifting personal development platform for women across all stages of criminal justice involvement, while simultaneously using national advocacy and engagement to raise awareness and political will around the issues and needs that specifically face and affect demographically and culturally diverse women.
CAN-DO is a nonprofit organization based out of California that advocates Clemency for All Non-violent Drug Offenders. CAN-DO educates the public about the conspiracy law and issues related to mass incarceration, communicates with prisoners to stay informed of their concerns, advocates for individuals seeking justice, and provides assistance to individuals who are transitioning from prison to society.
Founded by Topeka K. Sam, Ladies of Hope Ministry aspires to help disenfranchised and marginalized women transition back into society through education, spiritual empowerment, entrepreneurship and advocacy work.
The Learning Tree Academy fosters a safe and appropriate environment for infants, toddlers, preschool, and school age children that stimulates focus, creativity, physical and cognitive development, as well as focuses on Christian values.
Candid and eloquent, Susan Rosenberg’s powerful memoir is a profound indictment of the U.S. prison system, as she recounts her journey from the impassioned idealism of the 1960s to life as a political prisoner in her own country–and reflects on America’s turbulent coming-of-age over the past half century. Raised on New York City's Upper West Side, Rosenberg had been politically active since high school, involved in the black liberation movement and protesting repressive U.S. policies around the world and here at home. At twenty-nine, she was on the FBI's Most Wanted list.
Beauty after the Bars is a Charlotte, North Carolina-based nonprofit that aims to support formerly and currently incarcerated women through means of advocacy and education. BATB was founded by Tiawana Brown, a dedicated and hardworking mother, leader, life coach, follower of Christ, and incarceration survivor. Brown has been highly successful in her career exploits and has proven that no bars can hold her back. Her drive and vision have built BATB into a flourishing organization with an array of programs including re-entry job and interview preparation, partnerships with local churches, post-release mentoring, and inmate outreach initiatives.