It is impossible to exaggerate the importance of outside contact to a prisoner’s success. Yet few find friends on penpal sites, even if they paid to be listed. Part of this is because prisoners are often portrayed as monsters , making people afraid. Another reason few prisoners find correspondents no matter how they try, is because they have no internet and few people write letters anymore .
Over the years FFUP has fairly good luck finding penpals for prisoners on a one to one basis - when people come to the web and say they want to help someone- I have directed them to prisoners and that sometimes works out. I often forward their mail also- so they do not give their address. These are people concerned about the prison debacle. But the FFUP was is slow, serving few. . . So we have cooked up a “penpal club” to expand the idea and we invite you to join. “This is a pilot project.”
FFUP’s penpal club blog will start with posting a few prisoners who will keep posting regularly and we keep linking the blog on the facebook. Meanwhile you are invited to comment anonymously on the blog or send a prisoners a nurturing card or letter. You can use FFUP’s return address and be anonymous, sign “a friend”, or you could take the plunge and begin a correspondence.
If this works, each prisoner could have a few different people writing occasionally and in return , he/she would be writing to the whole crowd- like people do on blogs- they get anonymous comments.The difference here is that because these prisoners can get no internet, we will send your comments to him. The other difference is that these prisoners are in great need and with each note , whether as blog comment or note sent in the mails you will eb making a big difference in someone’s life. Please help, Take a look at this blog- write a comment, send a card. Our return address:FFUP penpal club; 29631 wild Rose drive, Blue River, Wi 53518
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