UMW March Meeting Features Companions Journeying Together

All women are invited to United Methodist Women’s March General Meeting on Tuesday, March 1, 9:30 a.m. on Zoom.

This month’s meeting welcomes Jana Minor, founder of Companions Journeying Together, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to personally and positively impacting the emotional, spiritual and social lives of the incarcerated and their families. United Methodist Women has supported this local mission for many years. This year, we will be collecting items for Mother’s Day (see graphic for details).

In 1976, Jana began corresponding with an imprisoned man and heard the call to serve imprisoned people. After graduating from college, she went to work for a prison ministry in Peoria; in 1986, she and her two sisters used their inheritance money from their Aunt Mary to establish Companions Journeying Together. The organization began with the goal of helping incarcerated people in Illinois build and maintain healthy relationships with their loved ones.

As the organization grew, Jana launched the Aunt Mary’s Storybook project, which records imprisoned parents reading books to their children and sends the recordings and books to the children. More recently, she launched the Pen Pal Group project, connecting prisoners with pen pals in one-on-one correspondence, as well as the Cards Projects, in which birthday cards, Christmas cards, and Mother’s Day cards are sent to incarcerated recipients. 

Join us at this important meeting and learn how Companions Journeying Together has made a difference and how we, too, can make a difference by supporting this worthwhile organization.