COIPP

We are so happy to help so many!

At a recent child/caregiver bowling and pizza event the following testimonials were shared with us:

The reason why we're bowling is to let loose of sadness. - Cait, age 8

I like how this was neat and organized and you provided us with food. It was a very fun day.-Samara, age 13

The environment for the children was great. The had a blast. The children could let loose.-Shantelle, Mom 

All I ever wanted was to be a better Mother than the one I got.  Briefly I am the product of a ‘make love, not war’ party on November 1969 at Frostburg.  She was on the pill and an unwanted child in 1970 was the last thing wanted by anyone but my grandfather (God bless his sweet heart). I waited till I was 28 to have children so that I was more mature. Having taken absolutely every parenting class I could (about 5) and regardless of my drug addiction/mental illness I believe myself to be a loving, caring, honest, realistic, protective Momma. Unfortunately, my coping skills have been limited and mostly illegal, but never abusive. Although not being there is certainly neglect, I loved, planned, and wanted all three of my precious children.  Without these parenting classes, I would have not one clue what I was or am doing. I will take any and all classes in this jail or any other facility has to offer so as to guide my children and any other people God blesses me with.  This couldn’t be more important.   How many of us have been misguided and/or abused before we put some real effort into parenting classes and mental health?

-Anonymous (Requested to keep name private).

May Update!

Our first Resource Fair held during Women's Visitation at the Frederick County Detention Center took place on Saturday, May 7, and it was a great success. The visitors were so grateful for everything we shared- Resource Bags and handmade blankets for children, hygiene supplies for families, stuffed animals for little ones, and books, books, books. Many recipients wanted to talk, share their stories, and tell us how they hoped to pay forward our kindness. We were touched- and now know we are going to add a yearly resource fair during women visitations to our present list of fairs.

When we started over 14 years ago, we never thought we would grow as we have. Recently we decided to rent a storage unit to hold all of the resources we have for families.  Interestingly, we have almost outgrown our new large space.  We now have enough books, blankets, stuffed animals and resource bags to serve many children and caregivers. 

We get more and more interest in our work.  Recently, Shari Scher was asked by two Boston College Professors to write an essay for their book, Parental Incarceration: Personal Accounts and Developmental Impact.  Hot off the press, it has 30 essays and will be used in classrooms across the nation that are dealing with issues of justice.  Who ever thought COIPP would be part of a publication!

This year's Cupcake Run was a huge success.  Held in April, we had donors and supporters from all over.  We raised $1250 front he run- and a great time was had by all. Sadly, this was the last year the Cupcake Run will take place, but we are forever grateful for the money raised. We received a check for $1250 and we had $1600 in sponsorships. We exist thanks to grants, donations and the kindness of others; thank you to everyone who helped make this a beneficial fundraiser

April Update!

It's time for our Resource Fairs at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center! This is the time when we give out bags filled with resources for children. We also give awayhandmade blankets, books, have face painting, do nails and more surprises! Please note the following dates if you would like to participate and be apart of COIPP! We would love to have your help! 

Saturday, May 7- This is our first Mothers Day weekend fair. We will be at female visitation from 10-3:30.

Sunday, May 22- This is the time for our yearly Spring Resource Fair during Men's visitation. We will be there for all visitors from 10-3:30.

Sunday, June 12- We will be having a Bowling and Pizza party at Terrace Lanes, across from Frederick High School. This free event will take place between 11-1:00. To reserve a spot call 240 578 5662.

Last week I spoke at the Lions Clubs of Thurmont and Emmitsburg. There were about 80 people there learning about COIPP. Thanks Lions for hosting us.

The Cupcake Run was a huge success. Thank you to all our volunteers who came out to help. It did take a village. 

COIPP is proud to be a part of a new program at the Adult Detention Center. We have long been offering Parenting Classes every Wednesday evening. Now we are limiting our sessions to 8-10 women for an eight week period. If they successfully complete the sessions, they will get 5 days off their time. These interactive sessions discuss topics such as discipline, autonomy, street and more. The women are so motivated. It's an honor to work together every Wednesday night.

A Successful Weekend For COIPP!

Two amazing COIPP days. Saturday was the Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society Zumbathon and Sunday was our Resource Fair at the Detention Center. Each event was a tremendous success. The Zumbathon raised almost $800 and the many, many, many Resource Fair items were gone within hours. This is what we're all about. 

Thanks to Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society at Hood, under the guidance of advisor Marisel Torres Crespo, and the Zumba instructors Katie, Melissa, Amie, Megan, Sara, Tessa, Nicola, and Rachel, who all volunteered their time, we had a fabulous, successful Zumbathon. What a partnership.