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Compassion Works For All, Inc.

P.O. Box 7708
Little Rock, AR 72217-7708
Website: www.compassionworksforall.org

Description of Organization

In 2005, Compassion Works for All incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that reaches several thousand people in prisons and in the free world, offering practical help, psychological grounding and the comfort of human connection. Compassion Works for All offers healing and hope by living and teaching compassion, especially to the disenfranchised and people in prison.

Currently the organization produces and distributes a bimonthly newsletter sent free of charge to people in prison in all fifty states. There are 2,800+ individual subscribers, plus 500 copies are sent to prison chapels across the country. Staff and volunteers lead ecumenical meditation sessions in carceral systems called ‘Dharma Talks’, which currently include 2 state prisons, 1 federal prison, 1 jail system, and the Federal Public Defender Office of Arkansas. Additionally, staff leads a 9-week conflict resolution course called Compassionate Communication at various facilities in Arkansas.

Compassionate Communication integrates principles of nonviolent communication, ancient wisdom teachings, and contemplative practice into the curriculum. They offer the program at the Maximum-Security Prison in Tucker, Arkansas on an ongoing basis and are leading a section at the Hawkins Women’s Unit. Each section enrolls 34 participants in an intensive program to improve effective communication skills for job training, personal transformation and relational development. This course offers an evidence-driven model to cope with stress, reduce violence, and increase personal connection. Coursework includes meditation, reading assignments, homework, in-class role play, journaling and seminar-style discussion.

Grant(s) Awarded

In early 2018, a grant in the amount of $2,500 was made to Compassion Works for All, Inc to fund one of four 9-week conflict resolution courses in 2017 for a much underserved area.