Family and Friends of Inmates - Omaha (FFI-O)
A supportive association of
persons who have, or have had, a family member or friend in jail or prison. The group is also open to others who have an interest in helping incarcerated persons or their families...for example, neighbors, representatives of churches, social service organizations or other helping groups. We meet the fourth Saturday of each month (except December) at 9:30 a.m. at First Christian Church, 6630 Dodge St., (east annex),
FFI-O's mission is two-fold
- To provide moral support and assistance to those whose Loved Ones are incarcerated - When a family member or someone close is incarcerated, it is common to feel a mixture of sadness, guilt, anger and confusion. They often feel uncomfortable sharing their feelings with others, for fear they or their loved one might be judged or shamed. Talking with others who have experienced or are currently experiencing this reality, can be very helpful. Sometimes practical solutions to problems can be found by discussion of the situation within a group. The group can also help new members learn what they need to know about the different correctional systems.
- To advocate for a humane, rational and restorative correctional system - FFI-O members learn more about the issues which affect prisoners and study legislative bills, especially at the Nebraska level, which might help the systems be more restorative and not just punitive. They also invite people from the correctional systems and governmental officials to give information and to hear the concerns of the participants of FFI-O. Members can then discuss and make plans about practical actions they can take individually or as a group.