Reflections from Re-entry

As salam alaikum,

Last week, I sat down with 16 attendees at our inaugural Re-entry Retreat in Pope Valley, CA, some of whom I never thought I would see again when I was a Prison Chaplain years ago. We laughed, cried, and most importantly continued to heal. Their combined time served while incarcerated was calculated to be more than 300+ years.

A beloved attendee shared: "One of the main reasons I came here is to rest, brush up on my deen, and to invest in myself. I believe that we are all miracles here. Allah brings hearts together like no one else can bring anything together. I got out because I stood on the shoulders of these men."

As we continue our exploratory year of Ta'leef Re-entry, please keep us in your prayers. I look forward to updating you all as the program continues to grow and would like to express my sincere gratitude for supporting this work.


Usama Canon
Founding Director

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Photo credit: Mateen Karimy


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