February 2018

Dear friends,
We at Book Clubs for Inmates (BCFI) are so grateful for the generosity of our donors which made our 2017 fall fundraising season a stellar year! All your donations -- large and small --  helped fill the BCFI coffers and helps us make plans for 2018. Thank you, thank you!!
And so, we have exciting news to share with you.
We will be opening 3 book clubs this year - two at Mission Institution, BC (both minimum and medium) and another in Quebec (we have two to date).

But the most exciting news is the launch of the inmate-child reading program. It is currently being run in Grand Valley Institution for Women and Beaver Creek Medium and Minimum. Carla Veitch, a volunteer who has run the latter for many years, is going to become a BCFI contract staff member and will open two more of these programs (sometimes known as CHIRP) in 2018. These will be “pilot projects” which we can then take to major funders who are interested in child literacy. We see them not only as beneficial for child literacy but also key to keeping families together while a parent is incarcerated. This is a hugely respected program in the U.S. and one that we think will do well and help families here in Canada. As an inmate at Beaver Creek Institution said:
            "This is the best thing I’ve done for my kid since I’ve been in here."
We’ll keep you posted!
And our gratitude to you our volunteers, who are right now braving the storms and blizzards of our Canadian winter (and what a winter it has been so far!) to bring reading, kindness and uplifting discussions into the 28 book clubs across the country. You are the book clubs’ heroes.
And so thank you all so much for your support of Book Clubs for Inmates and “the least, the last, and the lost” in Canada’s penitentiaries. Without you, none of this would be possible.
The BCFI team