Wings For LIFE International

Transforming lives to break the generational cycle of incarceration.

Albuquerque, NM   |  https://www.WingsFlI.org

Mission

Wings For LIFE International’s mission is to transform lives to break the generational cycle of incarceration. Wings springs from the passion of caring people and the deep concern we have to help families of prisoners who have been largely shunned or ignored by our society. In our society where children are all at risk in one way or another, children whose parent(s) are in prison, face even more challenges. Wings provides an arena for effective ways to rebuild assets in the lives of our young people, which can greatly reduce or prevent their involvement in at-risk behaviors.

Notes from the nonprofit

Wings For LIFE International is excited about the future, which will include using our new technology of Zoom and Facebook Live in all future programming.

Ruling year info

2003

Executive Director

Ann Edenfield

Main address

2270 D Wyoming NE #130

Albuquerque, NM 87112 USA

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Formerly known as

Wings Ministry

EIN

85-0473126

NTEE code info

Services to Prisoners/Families (I43)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Wings springs from the passion of caring people and the deep concern we have to help families of prisoners who have been largely shunned or ignored by our society. In our society where children are all at risk in one way or another, children whose parent(s) are in prison, face even more challenges. Wings provides an arena for effective ways to rebuild assets in the lives of our young people, which can greatly reduce or prevent their involvement in at-risk behaviors.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Wings For L.I.F.E.

Wings For L.I.F.E. - Life-skills Imparted to Families through Education, is an empowerment program provides life-skills, education, training and support for children and family members of prisoners to reduce generational crime and imprisonment, and is a best-practice program with a 4% recidivism rate.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

NM Innovative Behavioral Health Program Star 2017

Charity Navigator 100 Out of 100 Give with Confidence 2020

GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Award 2015-2020 2020

Awards

National Award of Excellence in Crime Prevention 2009

American Probation and Parole Association

Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Award 2017

NM Children’s Law Institute

Martin Luther King Jr. Keep the Dream Alive Award 2017

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children who have the ability to understand and comprehend communication

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups, Family relationships, Social and economic status

Related Program

Wings For L.I.F.E.

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children who have the ability to seek help from and respond appropriately to adults

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Age groups, Family relationships, Social and economic status

Related Program

Wings For L.I.F.E.

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children able to exercise appropriate control in independent and group activities

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups, Family relationships, Social and economic status

Related Program

Wings For L.I.F.E.

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children who have a sense of their own feelings and an ability to express empathy for others

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups, Family relationships, Social and economic status

Related Program

Wings For L.I.F.E.

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children who have the ability to use language for expression and to communicate with others

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups, Family relationships, Social and economic status

Related Program

Wings For L.I.F.E.

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students demonstrating responsible behaviors and work habits

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups, Family relationships, Social and economic status

Related Program

Wings For L.I.F.E.

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students receiving personal instruction and feedback about their performance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups, Family relationships, Social and economic status

Related Program

Wings For L.I.F.E.

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Rate of student attendance during the reporting period

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups, Family relationships, Social and economic status

Related Program

Wings For L.I.F.E.

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups, Family relationships, Social and economic status

Related Program

Wings For L.I.F.E.

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of links and collaborations with external organizations that support student learning and its priority tasks

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups, Family relationships, Social and economic status

Related Program

Wings For L.I.F.E.

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of training events conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups, Family relationships, Social and economic status

Related Program

Wings For L.I.F.E.

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of attendees present at rallies/events

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups, Family relationships, Social and economic status

Related Program

Wings For L.I.F.E.

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Wings For LIFE International’s mission is to transform lives to break the generational cycle of incarceration. We help build relationships that transform the lives of families, volunteers and communities. We connect spouses, caregivers & children of prisoners with nurturing & supporting relationships. Wings conducts joyous celebrations of unconditional love that break down barriers.

Wings For L.I.F.E. – Life-skills Imparted to Families through Education, which is an empowerment/support group for the entire family that builds Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets© and offers support and education for children, parents/caregivers, and returning citizens.

We have 15 years of weekly programming which for the past 14 years has a proven 4% recidivism rate. In 2020, we have launched Zoom and live Facebook streaming of our Monday night programming that reaches across the United States and Internationally. The effectiveness is that the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) is putting all of our programming on the tablets of the inmates. The New Mexico Corrections Department is actively trying to find a way to bring our progamming to all 11 New Mexico prisons through technology.

We have proudly accomplished a 4%recedivism rate the past 14 years. We have had zero pregnancies for teens that have attended 10 times or more per calendar year. Every student who has attended 10 times or more per calendar year have progressed to the next grade indicating no drop out students. We've been recognized for State and National Best Practice Program. What's next for us is to expand to jails, both state, federal, and international jails and prisons, halfway houses and facilities dealing with returning citizens.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email, Weekly comments,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    In 2020 Wings For L.I.F.E. had to get very creative because of COVID-19 and had to rethink and restructure our programming. We first started with a TV program that aired twice a week called "Wings on the Air". This TV program continued for four months. When we realized that COVID-19 would continue to impact us throughout 2020 we started our Zoom and Live Facebook programming this fall which now is reaching people across the United States and also our international audience. Another benefit and huge outreach that has resulted from our Zoom programming is that the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Albuquerque, NM has now put all of our "Wings on the Air" programming and Zoom programming on the inmate tablets. We foresee continuing our Zoom and Live Facebook programming into 2021.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Wings For LIFE International

Board of directors
as of 12/29/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Don Shapiro

James Harmon

University of New Mexico, Wagner Power Systems

James Zanios

Zanios Car & Truck Gallery

Rob Koehler

KPMG

Gary Pennington

Paula Burns

NMCD

Marjori Krebs

University of New Mexico

Bob Moore

Rainstar Capital Group

Dan Stouffer

Intel

Carlos Torres

Modulus Architects Inc.

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/28/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability