A Better Day Than Yesterday Initiative Program Association (A Better Day) is committed to the reunification of families and strengthening the connection between children and their incarcerated parent(s). In 2016, LeTeisha Gordon, Founder of A Better Day, recognized the need for bridging the gap between incarcerated family members and their children. Ms. Gordon acknowledged the harsh reality that children were devastated by the abrupt loss of their parent(s) and unable to form or maintain a secure connection to their incarcerated parent(s). She recognized the familiar pain of many children shaken by the sentencing of a parent because Ms. Gordon once walked in the same space. She understood all too well the feelings of hopelessness, and emotional turmoil most children feel when a parent is incarcerated. In response to witnessing the lack of support many families experience during the incarceration period, Ms. Gordon created a variety of programs designed to help children, youth, families, and incarcerated parents manage their new family structure, connect to viable resources within the community, and help them prepare for the re-entry back into their respective communities.
A Better Day Than Yesterday Initiative Program Association is proud to impact lives of families and children with life-changing services. Learn more about how you can give and get involved in strengthening families affected by Incarceration, Divorce, or Deployment.
The mission of A Better Day is to meet the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of the children of incarcerated parents and individuals released from prison or jail.
The goal is to guide and empower parents affected by the system to maximize their potential, strengthen their families, increase their opportunities for successful reintegration into society and to become productive citizens of their communities.
WHO WE SERVE
A Better Day serves individuals who have had an encounter with the criminal justice system, and families impacted by incarceration, divorce, or deployment.
The American criminal justice system holds more than 2.3 million people in 1,719 state prisons, 102 federal prisons, 901 juvenile correctional facilities, 3,163 local jails, and 76 Indian Country jails as well as in military prisons, immigration detention facilities, civil commitment centers, and prisons in the U.S. territories.