Developing Despite Distance, or 3D, is a Detroit organization committed to helping young men stay connected to their incarcerated parents.
The organization, called 3D for short, says more than 2.7 million children in America currently have a mother or father in prison.
As part of the program, young men ages 10 to 18 participate in bi-weekly letter writing sessions and receive financial support for prison visits.
Group leaders also provide counseling support, help with homework and attend the boys' extracurricular events -- the things a parent would do.
Jaylin’s dad has been incarcerated since he was 4. He’s 14 now and yesterday his dad came home. We are happy that we were there to capture the surprise. 💛💛💛 #3DDetroit #InvestInYouth #DetroitYouth #ParentalIncarcerationExists #WelcomeHome #BoysWithIncarceratedParents #ParentalIncarcerationIsReal
But now the organization needs the community to lend a helping hand.
On Dec. 1, 3D will host a fundraiser at the Northwest Activities Center on Meyers Road to raise money for letter writing sessions, group counseling and prison visits.
The event will take place from noon to 5 p.m.
To learn more about the organization and to support, click here.