300 Letters is more than a 501c3 Non-profit Organization, it is a community and purpose driven organization developed by two people who went through similar trials as the families they wish to help. Once returned home, the couple became aware of the lack of support for their emotional transition back into society. In that moment, they decided to start 300 Letters; a program dedicated to heal and strengthen parent-child relationships upon re-entry.
The “Healing Hearts Program” is to provide families with Emotionally Focused Family Therapy once a week for a duration of 3-4 months in which during that time 300 Letters will cover all child care cost to alleviate financial stress. The program is guided by Licensed Psychologist and professionals. Families will tackle communication issues and overcome social and emotional barriers Incarceration has placed on families. By reducing stigma and ensuring the societal success of families, the 300 Letters program will ultimately benefit the community as a whole. 300 Letters will cover childcare costs for every family in the program so that parents can earn an income without the added financial stress.. In Florida, the average cost of annual childcare is $8k which is unrealistic for a demographic that is already at a 75% disadvantage of not finding employment within the first year of re-entry.
300 Letters Inc is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the IRS. EIN # 85-3773230. All donations are tax deductible.
Legend and Amanda, founders of 300 Letters Inc., were incarcerated together during the most challenging time in their lives. Leaving behind their oldest son Dorian who was suffering the loss of his biological father, they learned that a new baby was on the way a month into Amanda’s incarceration. Legend and Amanda were forced to learn the business of the criminal justice system and grew together during their separation.
A family forcefully split and getting larger fueled this young couple to ensure that they stick together through the letters they wrote. There were approximately 300 letters mailed back and forth between the couple; with updates, emotional battles, and goals for their life as the day to freedom approached. This experience made them realize the importance of support through family bonds and the lack of awareness towards preservation of these bonds as people move past this traumatic event.
5.7 million U.S. children have experienced parental incarceration = 1 in 12
When a father is incarcerated family income can drop 22% so even if these families aren’t at poverty level, income is scarce and used for survival
Florida has the 3rd largest number of children who have experienced Parental Incarceration
Not enough organizations treating Incarceration as a Family Affair
Our mission at 300 Letters is to bring Emotional Support, Healing, Resources, and Confidence to the families that have been divided by the Criminal Justice System. We envision a transparent environment where parents can rebuild connections with their children and reintegrate into society successfully. Our mission is to work with parents who want to build strong foundations within their homes and ensure their children understand the potential impact their actions and decisions might have over their future.
We have a belief that the strongest way to make change in the world is by starting at home, building ourselves and the people we hold dearest of internally.
300 Letters envisions a positive future for families recovering from incarceration experiences.
Family Healing & Recovery with Therapy in order to regain trust and bonds between families
Alleviate Financial Stress with Childcare Assistance & Child After-School Programs
Prevention of Generational Incarceration
Prevention of Recidivism
Certified Peer Recovery Specialists will bring Support & Strength for those who suffer with Post-Incarceration Syndrome, Substance Use Disorder & Mental Health.
Connect with Local Halfway Houses and Like Minded Orgs. to provide the services of the 300 Letters Program
300 Letters enrolls Families in the "Healing Hearts Program" & covers all Program costs
Counseling will be crucial to tackle emotional barriers, break stigma and boost confidence between family and society.
300 Letters will link families with local Child Care/After School programs and cover these costs as long as the duration of the program
The 300 Letters Healing Hearts Program is FREE for eligible families divided by incarceration. The Program was designed by Co-founders Legend and Amanda to provide families with the emotional support and resources that were not available to them during their transition coming home. They experienced first-hand how critical it is to have the support and connection to their family in order to succeed in society. Please apply below if you are interested in the following: