For those who truly believe in the message that the words “trust” and forgive” stand for, then you might relate to the mission that Peaceprints Prison Ministries works toward. Although you may not think that you are familiar with the work of Peaceprints, I bet that you are aware of at least one of the group’s efforts. This is the organization that plants the “Peace Dove” yard signs throughout the city. You can see them on the East Side of Buffalo, as well as other areas of of the city. They are a constant reminder that we should be respectful of our neighbors, and that violence is not the answer to our problems. That is the lasting message that Karen Klimczak, Sister of St. Joseph, wanted to spread throughout Buffalo. Sister Karen was murdered in 2006, which led to the “I Leave Peaceprints” movement (see history).
The primary goals of Peaceprints is to help transition prisoners from the system to the community. Without these types of programs, prisoners are left to fend for themselves and are more likely to end up back in the system as repeat offenders. While skeptics might say that these efforts are a waste of time and money, proponents believe that the community is also better off by helping parolees to acclimate back into society. “In a spirit of peace, Peaceprints™ Prison Ministries provides positive experiences for individuals in prison and former offenders transitioning back to the community that help to modify behaviors, establish new beginnings and change lives,” said Brittany Helpard, Executive Assistant at Peaceprints Prison Ministries. “Participants in our programs achieve positive growth toward leading productive lives and giving back to our community.”
On April 3, 2013 Peaceprints is holding its annual awards dinner in order to honor those who work towards the selfless goals of the ministry and the community. To attend the dinner, click here for more info.
Robert Jackson & Peter Miles
Margaret McAloon, MD
Minister Antwan Diggs
Peaceprints Prison Ministries Presents:
Annual Phoenix Awards Dinner
Buffalo-Niagara Convention Center
Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 6:30pm