Monday, December 8, 2014

Our director, Erica Gerrity, is named a Changemaker by Minnesota Women's Press!

We are so proud of our director, Erica Gerrity! She has been named a Changemaker by Minnesota Women's Press! 

Read the article here

"I believe in a better world for all women and our children, and see this prison work as one tiny stitch in the fabric of a more humane and connected society."
- Erica Gerrity, program director of Isis Rising

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

It's #GivingTuesday

Our friend Kristen at MotherWise wrote a great post about our program this Giving Tuesday.

Read it here

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Our new interns!

2014-2015 Isis Rising Interns

I have my bachelor's degree in Sociology with a minor in Women's Studies from Hamline University.  I have been working for Hennepin County Juvenile Probation for the past 15 years.  I currently conduct Rule 25 chemical dependency evaluations and carry a small case load of juveniles who are struggling with substance abuse.  I have just started my second year in the University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine's University dual Masters in Social Work program.  My work with juveniles (primarily from single mother families) has made me passionate about equal treatment for women, whether they are incarcerated or not.  I also feel my experience as a single mother for the last 14 years allows for me to be more emphatic to other women in similar circumstances.  I am very excited to be able to work with Isis Rising and pass on the curriculum they have developed!

Trish began her career organizing for women-focused issues in 2000, and has since worked on electoral and issue campaigns in more than 25 states across the country. Currently she is working on her Master in Social Work at St. Catherine's University, is a certified hatha yoga and prenatal yoga teacher, and is also a trained birth doula. Trish believes that everyone deserves a world that values them and allows the opportunity to fully thrive and grow. For women, this must include the right to all information, services, and support available on the reproductive health spectrum. It is especially powerful when these are passed along by women supporting other women at critical times such as birth.

I am currently pursuing a graduate degree in social work at the University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine University.  I have professional experience working within the correctional system and public health, and for the past 5 ½ years I have been working within the realm of family law.  From my experience, both personally and professionally, I feel compelled to provide support and education to women and children in vulnerable circumstances, and I feel very grateful to be doing so with the women of Isis Rising. 


I am currently attending Metropolitan State University for my Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and will be graduating in Spring 2015; I transferred there from North Hennepin Community College where I received Associate's degrees in Criminal Justice and Liberal Arts. I plan to go back to school for a Master's degree in Social Work in the near future. In my free time I like to spend time with my family, boyfriend, friends, and two corgis (Hoover and Monty); I also do a lot of volunteer work in my spare time. Most recently, I have volunteered with the Minneapolis Bait Car Program, Minneapolis Police Activities League (PAL) which does work with at-risk youth, and CornerHouse inter-agency child abuse evaluation center. I hope to use my knowledge of the criminal justice system to work towards making it a more effective system while also helping those under the supervision of it.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Some of our staff recently attended a training on Birthing Racial Justice

Top row: Meg (home birth midwife in the community who helped start Isis Rising), Crystal, Erica (& Freyja), Rae, Trish and Gloria. Bottom row: Cara, Hope, Evelyn, Jessica and Michelle

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Please consider our cause...

Isis Rising is 100% privately funded by grants and donations.

Thank you for considering to support our mission of supporting incarcerated mothers in the state of Minnesota!

You may also mail in a contribution to our office at:

Everyday Miracles 
Isis Rising Prison Doula Program 
1121 Jackson St NE #121
Minneapolis, MN 55413 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Words from an Isis participant

A Prayer for Hope and Transformation

Written by an Isis Participant

I come to you tonight September 18, 2012 because I am stuck and I need your help with all of this stuff that keeps me sick, makes me feel as if my feet are in concrete.Help me to become the woman I can be and to embrace the woman I am now.Meet me where I am, hold my hand, guide me, direct me, comfort me, console me, cradle me in your arms, wrap your love around me like a blanket of protection.Help me to be the mother I can for my children, for this baby inside me.Don’t let me go. Don’t make it easy for me to walk away. Give me strength and courage, perseverance, hope, gumption, and a legion of angels to help me fight the battle within myself.Search me and know me. Protect me. Save me…most of all from myself.Love my children. Teach me how to keep my actions in line with my values.Help me to let go and no longer carry this mess.I lay this at your feet with love and hope for transformation.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Thank you Isis interns!

We want to give a special thank you to the interns that worked with our program for the 2013-2014 school year! Chloe, Nora and Christine facilitated pregnancy and parenting groups at the prison among many other various important tasks and Marla was largely involved with the anti shackling legislation process. We greatly appreciate their hard work and dedication to Isis Rising and we wish them the best in their bright futures as social workers!! ~Erica and Rae

Chloe, Nora, Christine and Marla