Matt Sherman, member of Black Box, recently posted about his experience in New York City. Check out his blog post here
Volunteers harvested snap peas and lettuce from our farm for this week’s Free Food Philo meal
Mendocino County Jail received a chicken coop donation from Carolina Coops, and Founder Matt DuBois flew in to help build it with the male and female garden crews
A state prison in Alabama has approved the inception of it’s first ever yoga program, held by members of the Art of Soulmaking community there. UFP is sending over 25 yoga mats and yoga blocks to be used on the death row unit yoga group.
Matt Sherman, a member of BlackBox, is on a Black Joy & Genius Tour along the East Coast. Read his latest blog here
Soulmakers have been sending us beautiful art work as they go through the program. This is an art piece from California Medical Facility
Earth program awarded a $50,000 grant to fund our prison botanical sanctuary program at Mendocino County Jail, a program that will both promote ecosystem restoration, community contribution, as well as education and employment for the incarcerated population at the jail. Watch our video here
The Guards to Guardians program completed it first five week series with five guest speakers taking 20+ officers through the Guards to Guardians workbook. Recordings are available online on our website to view.
John Liu is on an extended stay on The Land and designing a 100 square mile restoration plan in Anderson Valley California to offset early stage desertification.
Jay Davis, leader in the Harlem Bloods organization and long-time peace advocate, and Gary York, 30-year veteran CO, have each signed on as advocates and spokespeople for Art Of Soulmaking and Guards to Guardians program. A North Carolina State prison has given preliminary approval for both to visit over a weekend to launch each program
The Art of Soulmaking, launched 18 months ago, now receives over 350 letters every month, has reached over 3,000 people, and we now have over 250 volunteers
BlackBox released an interview with Jay Davis, Harlem Blood leader, on his path of Soulmaking in gang to prison life. Chowchilla prison then asked if he could come do a program there. Watch video here
Free Food Philo completed a mini-film about the Free Food Philo sit down meal at a local restaurant. Watch here
Golden Rule Garden in Ukiah joined our Free Food partner network, supplying produce weekly for our Philo and Ukiah meals.
Guards to Guardian currently is working with officers to be trained in the program to mentor other COs around the country.
There are now more than 70 graduates from our Art of Soulmaking program.
Art of Soulmaking program launched an online certification process for our new letter-writing volunteers. Sign up here.
Our Guards To Guardians team was invited to the OneVoice United Correctional Officer Wellness Conference in DC where we had the opportunity to discuss our program with over 250 officers and unions representatives from across the world.
Mendocino County Jail kicks off its ecological restoration project, providing both education in native trees and tree starters, as well as supplying much needed native plant starts to the state of California.
Ecologist John Liu came to Mendocino County Jail as a guest speaker for incarcerated participants in our Prison Earth Project.
We have started to serve our Free Food meals to residents at Live Oak Apartments, a transitional home in Ukiah where most residents are food-insecure. They look forward to Friday meals every week.
Free Food Harlem is now serving 300 people a week, with a rotation of chefs from Harlem cooking meals at the church before dining service every Friday evening.
Soulmaker group facilitators at Central California Women’s Facility are designing 12-week curriculum based on new version of Art of Soulmaking that’s been expanded to 26 weeks.
Free Food has served over 8,000 meals this year, many of them sit down meals in Harlem, NY and Ukiah, CA.
Art of Soulmaking is now live in more than 85 prisons across the United States.
Free Food Philo hosted our first sit down meal in Philo at The Company Kitchen to a large turnout of people in Anderson Valley, CA. Three other local restaurants have since offered to host future community meals!
Free Food Ukiah brings food every week to the kids at Juvenile Hall who contribute their garden produce to the meals. The kids get to taste the produce they’ve grown and experience home cooked meals.
Janelle Weaver, Executive Chef from the Bewildered Pig in Mendocino County, collaborated with Free Food Philo for an Easter meal to serve to those in need in Anderson Valley, as well as homeless in Ukiah
Love to Table has served over 4,000 meals, many of which were offered at our pop-up restaurant spaces in Harlem, NY and Ukiah, CA
Read a short account written by Angelica, daughter of Tami who is serving life without parole, whose mother-daughter relationship has healed through The Art of Soulmaking program
An Alabama state death row unit is getting ready to launch it’s second in-person Art of Soulmaking group, supervised by a Clinical Psychologist