On the evening of Friday, June 9th, Community Works West hosted an opening night reception for The Welcome Home Project, a collection of stories and photographs of formerly incarcerated Alameda County residents who turned their lives around after years in prisons and jails. Their stories are testimony to the power of resilience and determination in the face of the barriers that most formerly incarcerated individuals face. The book and photography exhibit provide positive role models and challenge the notion that people involved in crime cannot change. Their stories are testimony to the power of resilience, determination, and faith in the face of the stigma and barriers that the formerly incarcerated face.
For more information on the booklets or to inquire about hosting this exhibit, please see further down.
Opening Reception Recap:
The opening night reception for the exhibit was held at John O’Lague Galleria in Hayward City Hall. Attendees had the opportunity to listen to speakers share their personal experiences with incarceration before going on to view the full exhibit of compelling photos and stories. Read here for coverage of the exhibit in the East Bay Times.
 
Also, see other media coverage of the project here:

Welcome Home Booklets

The Welcome Home Booklet is a powerful educational and inspirational tool that can be used inside prison and jail and by reentry programs. The booklet includes 20 powerful stories and photographs. Booklets are available for purchase and available for download.

If you are interested in the exhibit, contact:

Micky Duxbury, Project Coordinator mickydux@earthlink.net 510.520.6328 or Ruth Morgan, Photographer rmorgan@communityworkswest.org 510.268.8116
The Welcome Home Project is accepting donations to support distribution of booklets to those incarcerated and in re-entry programming. Specify "The Welcome Home Project" as the designation for your gift. Our hope is to distribute books to the libraries in all prisons throughout California.
This project was made possible with support of the CAL Humanities in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities.