April is second chances month! We believe that people grow and change over time and should not be judged by a mistake they made in their past. What do second chances mean to you? #SecondChances
"I am grateful for the second chances I have received, and I am hopeful that I can pay forward to others the many gifts of mercy shown to me" - Thad Bereday
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Please join us on Monday May 23rd at 6:30 pm EST as we continue our Candidates, Constituents, and Conversations series hosted by Amy McCourt. Our next guest is Sarah Henry. You don't want to miss this conversation on criminal justice and sentencing reform!
There are many talented artists within the Florida Department of Corrections and we would like to showcase their artwork! If you have a loved one that wants to participate, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to have their art featured on our website.
You can view the gallery by clicking the yellow button directly below.
If it seems like we are behind other states in our criminal justice and prison system, it's because we are. One of the reasons we are is because we need help educating the public and spreading the word about our broken system and how we can make it better.
Our Beat The Heat challenge is an event to raise awareness of the extreme heat conditions that incarcerated people endure in Florida's prisons due to the lack of air conditioning and ventilation. To stay informed on the latest events, click the button below.
With the holidays around the corner, Florida Cares staff and other guests read letters from incarcerated parents to their children!
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Day of Action Movement, we at Florida Cares ask everyone to take action today and help raise awareness for HJR39 by Representative Dianne Hart and its Companion Bill SB392 by Senator Bobby Powell, Jr. #EndPrisonSlavery
A HUGE thank you to all of you for your help in providing back to school back packs to 222 children of the incarcerated and making a positive impact on these families and their children. We've also received numerous thank you calls from the guardians. This would not have been possible without all of you!!!
Another HUGE thank you goes to Laurette Philipsen for her tireless efforts on this project and to Catherine Ragonese who spent an entire day packing up each backpack and stuffing them with school supplies.
An article was also written about the Back To School Drive, which in return brought in donations from the Hillsborough County Firefighters!
We look forward to doubling the number of children next year as we continue to improve the lives of the incarcerated!
Florida Cares has cause to celebrate! We partnered with The Reentry Center of Rivera Beach, FL to conduct a Basic Computer Skills Class. Our first class of re-entering citizens completed their Basic Computer Skills Class taught by our own Don Stephens II! 16 weeks and they had perfect attendance! We took them to The Melting Pot to celebrate their accomplishments. Congratulations to the inaugural graduating class of '21!!!
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MARCH 2021 UPDATE: The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service has announced that the incarcerated are eligible for all three payments of $1,200, $600, and $1,400. To file your taxes for free, Click the button below.
Florida Cares Charity Corp. is a Florida Non-Profit Corporation dedicated to improving the lives of incarcerated individuals.
Are you passionate about what we're doing? Let us know! We are always looking for volunteers to help us make our vision a reality. We'll help you find a way to volunteer that best suits you. We're excited to have you join the team!
Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We can't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you.
Together, we can make a difference.
Senator Brandes once said that criminal justice reform hasn’t happened in Florida because people haven’t presented it to be important to the legislator. Now is the time to act!