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The Red Tent Women's Initiative
July 2020 Newsletter Issue 1

 
"This program saved my life."  Nicki, Red Tent Participant
 
     

A Note From Our CEO, Josette Green

 
 Lifting up women to a better life is a privilege at Red Tent. You likely   share this same interest so I want to welcome you to our debut issue of   the Red Tent Newsletter, the first of many quarterly issues to come.   Our goal is to keep you up to date on our work in a concise yet   informative manner.  Read further (5 minutes max, I promise) to learn   about our exciting new future directions, the data that   proves this program works and how Red Tent has been strengthening   in this time of COVID-19.   Also, a tax change is to your benefit and   we thought you’d like to know.

 From the time of the needless death of George Floyd, the world has   ignited with indignation at racism.  Red Tent stands in support of racial equity.  We are committed to looking deep within our organization to ensure every element aligns.  The first step is internal staff training.  The next step is to welcome additional African American members to our board.  Would you or someone you know have a passion for carrying the banner of Red Tent to the community by joining the board?  Let me know. 

Thank you for reading.  It’s because of your support that Red Tent can continue this life changing work.  I would enjoy talking further and appreciate feedback including on this newsletter.  I'd love to hear from you. 
 
-Josette
Our mission:  Providing incarcerated women the skills to heal and improve their lives through trauma informed programs.

Our Vision: A Red Tent class exists in every jail and prison throughout the world.

The Data Shows It Works
 
You’ll be inspired to know your money and time are going to achieving remarkable results.  Thanks to the research skills of USFSP graduate student Kassie Ramsdell and enhanced data collection from Red Tent we have solid outcomes to report. 

Using the 2018 cohort of Red Tent participants, only 24% of the women who took the Red Tent class while in jail returned to jail in the first year.  Compare this to the U.S. Department of Justice data that shows that 44% nationally return to jail in the first year. It's a remarkable drop in recidivism.  As our founder Barbara Rhode likes to point out, 76% stay out of jail and can now build a better life compared to over just 50% nationally.  Imagine the benefits to families and communities with fewer women in jail.

For the women who did return to jail, they stayed out of jail longer than any time prior to taking the Red Tent class.

For the women who stayed out of jail, we have many inspiring stories to share.  Stay tuned for future newsletters to hear some of these stories.  Here's Nicki telling her story at one of our fundraisers.

 

Photo compliments of Amber Sigman.
"Thank you Red Tent for standing by me. Thank you for your caring. It's been years now that I have a truly beautiful life once again and I owe it to Red Tent for being there during my pivotal moments and always standing with me while I rebuilt a beautiful life. I am forever grateful to you all. God bless Red Tent."
Theresa, Red Tent Participant

 

Strengthening During COVID-19
 
     
Important foundational work is being accomplished as our program inside the jail has paused and we are working remote.  Josette says, “Our future is bright as  we build a stronger foundation in this unique time to expand our work with incarcerated women."  
 
Red Tent is very appreciative to have received COVID funds from the Payroll Protection Plan as well as the Tampa Bay Resiliency Fund to maintain our momentum.  The latter has provided support to our released participants to ensure they have a stable home as they experience job reductions or layoffs. Additional funds have been gratefully received from the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and the Dimmitt Foundation.  

The Red Tent team has increased effort in searching and applying for new grants and looking for monies.  Funding is needed for many of our goals including a second class at the Pinellas County Jail which will double our impact and accommodate the women on the never ending wait list.

Our Board of Directors held multiple strategic planning sessions to determine the future for Red Tent.  Exciting news! The board has endorsed the following vision statement: “A Red Tent class exists in every jail and prison throughout the world.”  This is certainly aspirational, challenging and gives us guidance as we move ahead. 

We are grateful to Dr. Kim Walker of Stanford University, a specialist in Instructional Design, who has been working with Red Tent to capture and strengthen the Red Tent jail curriculum.   An enhanced and optimal curriculum is important as we prepare to launch Red Tent into other communities to benefit women around the world. 

Finally, Red Tent has achieved Gold status with GuideStar so we are more transparent than ever.  Our website has also been expanded to include important financial documents including our 990.
Change in Tax Deductions for Charitable Giving
 
 For 2020, all non-itemizing taxpayers (90% of taxpayers) can   now deduct $300 of charitable contributions from their tax   returns.  Finally, there is now a write off for donating to a charity   when one doesn't itemize.
 
For those who do itemize, the existing cap on annual contributions has been lifted from 60% of adjusted gross income (AGI) to 100% of AGI for 2020.
 
These are important incentives to inspire donations to charities this year. 

 
Interested in donating to The Red Tent Women's Initiative?  Simply hit the DONATE button below.  Thank you for your contribution to help the women in our program!
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St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone Number: 727-580-2719

Josette Green, CEO
jgreen@redtentwomensinitiative.org
727-348-5278

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