Message From The NIA

Abundance: A Thanksgiving Message

Thanksgiving has always been an important holiday for Americans. We love being able to sit around a table and enjoy great food and great conversations. It is the only day where we celebrate gratitude without any strings attached. It began as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest.

For those of us with a loved one in prison, this time of the year is painful and as we reflect on the things we are thankful for we are reminded of what our loved ones are missing. The image above states the very core of Thanksgiving:
What are we, as Americans, thankful for?

Health. The health of our citizens has a direct correlation to poverty, chronic disease and social toxins that impact basic human well being. Poor health is so prevalent in our jails and prisons and is the number one public health crisis in our country.

Home. Where we live in is vital to our success. Without sustainable, affordable housing, that is in a safe and thriving community we can never fully gain our footing. Even our incarcerated people need an environment conducive to productive change, after all prison is their home.

Family. We are the most important piece of the puzzle as it relates to all social successes and ills. Without a stable, supportive and healthy family our most vulnerable citizens fail. Many die from drug misuse, end up in jails and prisons and begin down a long road of recidivism and failures. By empowering our families we can restore communities. 

Friends. They are not just people you socialize with, friends are the community of people who care about social impact issues and engage in meaningful work allowing people to get well and stay well. By working together with all of our friends, advocates, stakeholders and partners we can create meaningful change.
Food.  Hunger is a reality in America today. We must look at food as the gateway to a healthy and successful life. No one should ever be hungry in America. No child, elderly person or  person with limited income, should ever miss a meal, no one should be without access to nutritious food, not even someone who lives in a jail or prison.

As we enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday let's reflect on the future and move toward allowing each and everyone of us a rich, abundant life that grows healthy and productive communities. 
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