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Esteemed Guests, Honorees, and Supporters,  



On behalf of Nation Outside, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of you who graced us with your presence and enthusiasm at the Unmasking Stigma, Unlocking Potential Gala. Your participation and support transformed this evening into a truly extraordinary and impactful event.

As we reflect on the success of the evening, we are filled with gratitude for the collective impact we can achieve together. The Unmasking Stigma, Unlocking Potential Gala has not only raised awareness but has also ignited a flame of hope and change that will continue to burn brightly.

Thank you for being part of this transformative experience. We look forward to your continued support as we navigate the path toward a more just and compassionate future.

Your feedback is invaluable to us as we strive to make

our future events even more impactful.

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Who We Are 

Nation Outside, is a statewide grassroots and advocacy organization entirely led by the justice impacted and formerly incarcerated.  Our mission is to drive policy and practice innovation that builds transformative systems of support for justice impacted
families and communities.

The Voice of the Formerly Incarcerated

Nation Outside (NO) represents the over 2 million Michigan families impacted by the criminal legal system. We call ourselves the voice of the formerly incarcerated because, collectively, our staff has over 500 years of lived experience within state and federal correctional institutions. The foundation of our work at NO is about challenging stigma, breaking barriers, amplifying voices, and empowering communities. 


We have a growing base of over 7,000 directly impacted members and allies ready to take action in our 10 regional chapters spanning the state; The Women's Chapter, Detroit, Flint, Lansing, Traverse City, Kalamazoo, Jackson, Grand Rapids, Washtenaw and Oakland County.

"Nation Outside is empowering people with lived experience to reengage fully as citizens in our democracy and have a voice in policies that impact them and their communities." 

- Allan Wachendorfer

Our voice is as strong as our members, join the movement today! Receive the Nation Outside newsletter to hear of events, policy updates, and stories of our members.

Attend a Nation Outside meeting, volunteer at an event, forward the newsletter to your own networks to share the success stories of formers.

We are a new and still developing organization and we need your help to build capacity! Donate today to Nation Outside to directly support formers and criminal justice reform efforts in Michigan.

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