||Since 1896, Volunteers of America has been serving prisoners and their families. Reform and redemption were core values promulgated by founders Maud and Ballington Booth. Maude believed in a holistic approach when working with people touched by incarceration, and it is in that vein that Volunteers of America advances with this initiative; Look Up and Hope. Volunteers of America Northern New England is proud to be a part of this initiative. Look Up and Hope provides case management and financial aid to the caregivers and children whose parent is incarcerated. Volunteers of America Northern New England is also offering these families mediation services in order to create a healthy transition for children when their parent is released.
This national program is designed to support the long-term success of children and their incarcerated parent. Volunteers of America will help families to create and maintain economic stability; encourage and foster positive family relationships; provide emotional support for the children who suffer through the disruption caused by incarcerations, support school success; and in turn, prevent the juvenile delinquency which often stems from the troubled environment surrounding a parent's incarceration.