The WELCOME BACKpack Project

Our goal is to create 30 resource backpacks to equip men and women releasing from incarceration with resources to meet basic human needs. Our intention is to extend a gesture of welcome to those returning to our community. 

Why are we doing this?

This project exists within the non-profit, Living with Conviction, whose mission is to empower formerly incarcerated people. Men and women are currently released from Washington State correctional institutions with only $40.00 to their name. 

These backpacks will ease the challenge of transition by meeting basic human needs and providing information on community resources. It also sends a clear message that our community welcomes them back, as evidenced by handwritten welcome notes from our volunteers. 

The backpacks will be donated to the Seattle-based reentry organization Interaction Transition, a group that supports individuals before, during, and after release from incarceration. Their prison outreach programs currently take place in Monroe Correctional Complex and Mission Creek Corrections Center For Women.

Your donation will go towards our effort to compile 30 full backpacks by the end of the summer. Any amount is much appreciated.

To sponsor a complete resource backpack = $63.00

What's included in a resource backpack?

1. A handwritten letter of welcome from our volunteers

2. HYGIENE (Gender-specific)
-Toothbrush holder
-Twin blade disposable razors
-Shaving cream
-Bar of soap
-Toilet paper
-Pads (regular and super)
-Tampons (regular and super)
-Nail clippers 
-Face towel/hand towel

-Socks (white & black)
-Rain poncho

-The Emerald City Resource Guide, RealChange
-Water bottle
-Protein Bar
-Pre-loaded Orca card ($27 value)
-Two pens
-Pocket Calendar (Living with Conviction)
-Ziploc gallon bags

Our Partnerships:

Living with Conviction: 

Interaction Transition: 

The WELCOME BACKpack project is a simple idea with a big message.
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    • $63 
    • 36 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $300 
    • 37 mos
  • Kristin and Steve Richmond  
    • $100 
    • 37 mos
  • Cole Devlin 
    • $50 
    • 37 mos
  • Lukas Kubecek 
    • $150 
    • 37 mos
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Kelsey Engstrom 
Seattle, WA
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