It is often said by those in prison “We do the crime, but the family does the time”. Often the families, especially the women, are the forgotten victims of someone else’s crime. This is why Kairos Outside for Women reaches out to the family and friends of inmates, saying “You are not alone.”
Kairos Outside for Women is currently active in over 11 regions in Australia and there is a strong commitment to expand that to cover the nation. The team on KOW provide a safe environment over a weekend where guests are given an opportunity to interact with other families without shame or judgement.
This time allows these families, perhaps for the first time, to explore and experience unconditional love and support. And it helps families meet other families who really understand their situation.
A typical KOW weekend gives participants the opportunity to make a positive change in their attitudes to their circumstances, lets them know they are not alone and it gives them the opportunity to go forward with support, often when there was no end to the tunnel in sight. The weekend is also a time of fun, music, an abundance of food and the making of new friends!
The Kairos Outside for Women weekend is followed up with ongoing personal/small support groups and regular bi-monthly ‘reunions’.