To support, educate and empower women who are intimately involved with incarcerated men.  To support relationships during and after incarceration. To educate society as to why women choose to be in relationships with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated men. 

Why “Ten Toes In” was created?

Darlene Burke has been on this Journey for almost a decade.  She totally understands the challenges that women face who are involved with incarcerated men.  Her best friend of 30 years, became her fiancé while incarcerated.  He is a Lifer who has served 19 years in prison.  “Ten Toes In” was created because she tried to find a support group that specifically targeted women like her.  However, she could not find one, so she created her own.  This support group “married” two of Darlene’s passions:  Relationships and the Incarcerated Community. Her ultimate goal is to ensure that women define their own “Ten Toes In” journey after they fully understand the assets and liabilities of loving a man “behind the wall”.  In addition, she would like to educate society about relationships with incarcerated men, so that society will not judge these women but accept them for who they choose to love, without condemning them.

Target Audience

Women who are 18 and above who are intimately involved with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated men.

Members of society who negatively judge women who are involved with incarcerated or formerly incarcerated men or members of society who do not understand the reasons why women choose to be with men who are in jail or prison.

Additional our focus is to draw others within the community who may not be in relationships with formerly incarcerated men, but are looking to develop healthier relationships inside their own home. By default, we are a domestic violence prevention organization which includes resources for the reentry population.

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