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Community Partnerships

Essie Justice Project Participants

Nominator: Orlando Harris

What Essie Project means to me, having had the opportunity to nominate someone for the program, is something I would never have dreamed of. Being incarcerated for over three decades, and having my Mom as my biggest supporter, I have always wanted to show her how much I love her and thank her for supporting me emotionally, financially, and spiritually.

Essie Project has given me the opportunity to express how grateful and thankful I am for her support. It has also made a way for me to offer my Mom some support. Many women have incarcerated loved ones, and for a lot of them, there is no support. However, with Essie Project they have built a network of support with women facing these same challenges. I am so thankful for Essie Project because I know that my mother is not alone anymore. She has some sisters that share her same experiences, and they are there for her when she may be struggling with issues or challenges around having a loved one incarcerated. The Essie Project gives me the assurance that my Mom is not alone, and she has women she can depend on to be supportive in her time of need!

A short statement from my Mom about Essie Project:

When I received a call from the Essie Project, I didn't know what they were about or who they were. But after they read the letter from my son about appreciation and acknowledging the support I have provided since his incarceration, I was truly amazed at the women who seek out women who have loved ones who are incarcerated to support them. I am blown away by this act of human kindness. Although my age restricts me from being able to participate in a lot of activities with Essie, I want to thank these women for their generosity, love, support, and never ending commitment to helping women. Essie has been a gift and a Godsend and I will be forever grateful for their support. Thank you Essie Project. 

Ms. Evelyn L. Smith

Mother of Orlando Harris

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