Connecting children with their incarcerated moms through the joy of literature.
Women’s Storybook Project (WSP) of Texas is a special program that helps incarcerated mothers do what moms have always done to comfort and nurture their children—read them bedtime stories, using their own voices to love, reassure, and encourage them from miles away.
WSP volunteers visit women’s prisons in Central and East Texas once a month to record mothers reading books aloud to their children. We then mail the books and CD recordings to the children, who live all over the United States.
These children are among the most at-risk populations in the United States: a child whose parent is incarcerated is six to nine times more likely to wind up in prison than a child whose parent is not incarcerated. WSP strives to change this statistic by strengthening the mother-child connection.
WSP launched in 2003 with five volunteers visiting a single correctional facility, mailing 25 packages per month. Currently, we have nearly 200 volunteers working in six of the nine Texas women’s prisons, mailing 350 packages per month. Our goal is to partner with all nine facilities so more children, their mothers, and our communities can benefit from this simple idea with a big impact. Through turning pages, we are turning lives.
Watch the “The STORY of Storybook” video to learn how Women’s Storybook Project volunteers are transforming the lives of incarcerated women, their children and caregivers.
Check us out on KPLE-TV. WSP’s Executive Director, Judith Dullnig interviewed with KPLE TV in Killeen, TX!
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Volunteer Marty Barrick staffing our booth at the Saint John Methodist Church Alternative Gift Market. Great shopping for good causes – stop by today until 3pm OR tomor...
- The Super Team at Henley!
While books were displayed on chairs, JoAn and Jan recorded in the hallway; and Rhonda burned CD’s in a small room. We love our volunteers....
- WSP volunteers from Temple Beth Shalom
Mona Carver and Jeri Saper at Temple Beth Shalom: Thank you to all of our volunteers!...