News and Events

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ReBoot Program in the News!

The Mill, in partnership with New Leaf - New Life and Courage to Change, has started ReBoot, an entrepreneurial development program for the formerly incarcerated, and it's been in the news: see these articles from the Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance, & Inside Indiana Business! And check out the video from Indiana Public Media!

COVID-19 GoFundMe Page

During the COVID-19 situation, we need to be able to support more in-depth case management and support for post-release, as well as hygiene and medical workshops for disenfranchized community members. See our GoFundMe page for info & easy ways to donate.

New Leaf - New Life Awarded COVID-19 Emergency Funding

New Leaf - New Life was awarded a total of $8,500 from the United Way of Monroe County and the Community Foundation of Bloomington & Monroe County through the United Way COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund and a Community Foundation Rapid Response Grant. These grants help us accomplish our mission during this unique time, and we are so grateful! Read the full press release here.

COVID-19 Update

Our usual operations have changed, allowing access to the Transition Support Center by appointment only (call 812-355-6842), while most programs within the Monroe County Jail are suspended. Please be patient with us, and please look out for others at this time! See our Donate page & Volunteer page for ways to help & our Contact Us page for specifics on the TSC. And stay up to date with our Facebook page.

And note that our Expungement Desk has suspended all in-person outreach effective immediately.  (See our Facebook page for updates.)  Indiana Legal Services are still accepting clients for expungements, so for all inquiries, please call: 1-844-243-8570.

MLK Day Volunteer Opportunities

Check out our opportunities for MLK Day Letter Writing, Re-Entry Guide Preparation, & Re-Entry Kit Packing at our Bloomington Volunteer Network page - where you can find up-to-date volunteer opportunities throughout the year!

Bloomington Expungement Desk Coming soon!

We're excited about the upcoming Bloomington Expungement Desk at New Leaf - New Life, a partnership with the Indiana Legal Services and the Mauer School of Law at IU.  The expected start date is January 13, 2020, and then every Monday & Wednesday thereafter!  You can read all about it in the this article from The Indiana Lawyer and get specific details from this flyer.

Volunteer on WFHB Radio

Listen to volunteer Markus Dickinson discuss his experiences on the WFHB Daily Local News from October 16, 2019!

Housing & House Arrest Panel Presentation & Discussion

Join us for "Housing and House Arrest: A Panel Presentation and Discussion" on October 13 at 3:30 pm @ the NLNL office (1010 S. Walnut, Suite H). Hosted by the New Leaf - New Life Re-Entry Collective, in partnership with Indiana Against E-Carceration.

Writing, Incarceration, & Social Justice Panel

As part of Granfallon 2019, several members of New Leaf - New Life joined author Dave Eggers for a panel discussion on Writing, Incarceration, and Social Justice.  See the full video of the discussion here.

Volunteer Orientations

After a little hiatus, we are kicking off new volunteer orientations on March 17, 2019!  See the Facebook event for more details - and in general look at our Bloomington Volunteer Network page for up-to-date volunteer opportunities, as well as our page for volunteers.

New Leaf Awarded Grants

New Leaf - New Life was recently awarded $27,000 from the Community Foundation and $10,000 from the Smithville Foundation, to support new program development.  Read more in this Herald-Times article!

Poetry Program in Yet Another Publication!

Once again we're thrilled to see text and have audio of some people reading their poems in the 812 magazine.  Check out this article featuring Max Smith, Aaron Crafton, and Craig Grimes, as well as the teacher, Frank Brown Cloud.

Letter Writing to Incarcerated Survivors

Join New Leaf - New Life and its partners - Middle Way House, the Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project, All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center, the IU Middle Way House Chapter, and Bloomington PRIDE - as we write letters to incarcerated survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking.  Meetings are often 7-8pm on the second Wednesday of each month: the latest info can be found here, and our Facebook page usually has links to the latest meeting.

Poetry Writing Program Featured in the IDS - AGAIN!

We're excited to see video of some of our current & former poetry students in this video article!

New President of New Leaf - New Life!

We are pleased to announce that Lindsey Badger is our new President!  And we are extremely grateful to all the years of service from Wain Martin!  Read more about this transition & the excitement for the future in this press release.

New Leaf Poetry PRogram Featured in the IDS

Check out the article in the Indiana Daily Student on Frank Brown Cloud's poetry class, "Poetry workshop for Monroe County Jail seeks personal revision" - as a bonus, one of the wonderful poems is included!

Videos on YouTube!

We've posted videos of what we do on YouTube!  Check out this overview video featuring our former treasurer Jon Holland and this video outlining the Jail Bingo program!

New Leaf - New Life featured in Limestone Post Article

New Leaf - New Life, along with several other local organizations, was featured in an article in the Limestone Post about literacy.  Check it out!

Volunteer Featured in BLOOM Magazine

Check out this article on Billy Young and the bike project that started at New Leaf - New Life!

Past Events & Press Releases

To see some of our prior events, check out our Past News and Events page, and for more information see our previous Press Releases.