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A nonprofit fundraiser supporting

Darkness Rising Project Inc
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Free therapy for formerly incarcerated people of color.


raised by 468 people

$300,000 goal

THANK YOU: Transformative Justice Calendar Fundraiser

Update posted 7 months ago

Thanks to your incredible support for REBUILD, Mariame Kaba's Transformative Justice Calendar fundraiser for REBUILD was a huge success! 

You helped raise $63, 359.51 for REBUILD!

Your calendar purchase provides:  

- Free therapy (10 sessions) for formerly incarcerated people of color

- Employment for formerly incarcerated people of color 

- Wellness stipends for formerly incarcerated people of color 

Our REBUILD Co-Founder and Advisor, Mariame Kaba, has created a 2024 Transformative Justice calendar designed by Cindy Lau, with art by Olly Costello.

The first round of calendars (purchased before 12/5) shipped on 12/12 and the second round (purchase after 12/5) will be shipped on 12/15. Look out for your calendar and tag us IG/Facebook @darknessrisingproject or @darkriseproject on Twitter when it's received, we can't wait to see them!

REBUILD is growing thanks to your support!

Help us connect over 5,000 formerly incarcerated and criminalized people of color to therapists of color.


Prisons and jails disproportionately incarcerate people with histories of mental health issues. Every year, about 640,000 people return to our communities after serving time in federal or state prisons and 11.4 million people cycle through local jails. Over the past few years, Mariame Kaba of Project NIA, along with other anti-criminalization organizers, have fielded a number of requests for culturally competent, community-based counseling and therapeutic resources for formerly incarcerated and criminalized people. Unfortunately, such resources are lacking. It is important that services provided to incarcerated individuals specifically target their individual needs. 

In 2021, Mariame Kaba worked with BEAM, Depressed While Black and Darkness RISING Project to brainstorm a free service which provides free therapy for justice-involved individuals of color. 

In 2022, the Help Me Find A Therapist service (now Find Me a Therapist) launched REBUILD, service for formerly incarcerated individuals seeking therapist of color. Currently, 5 part-time paid staff members and 2 full time employees (all of whom are either formerly incarcerated people and/or have lived experiences with mental health challenges) assist in matching formerly incarcerated and justice-involved individuals with therapists of color. This assistance includes finding and vetting therapists, setting up appointments, and facilitating the payment process. In 2022, 205 therapy sessions were funded. So far in 2023 more than 132 sessions for formerly incarcerated community members of color have been funded. With more funds raised, REBUILD can subsidize more people’s therapy costs.

Support provided by Mariame Kaba, Advisory Board ($20,000), BEAM ($20,000) and donors like you! 

Have you seen our new support page? Join one of our giving levels. If your name is missing, please email


Checks should be made payable to:

Darkness Rising Project 

Checks should be mailed to: 

P.O. Box 33603

Raleigh, NC 27636

All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. 

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Darkness Rising Project Inc

Organized By Carlita Ector

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