Straight Talk Support Group Needs Your Generosity

You have the opportunity today – right now – to make a difference in the lives of people experiencing the trauma of having a family member or friend in prison or going through the disorientation of re-entering society. These are families in crisis, and you can make a difference in their lives by helping Straight Talk Support Group.

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Straight Talk Support Group founder Bessie Elmore learned what needed to be done the hard way – her son William spent more than 24 years in prison. Straight Talk Support Group uses her knowledge to supply the help she needed. “There are about 2.5 million people in American prisons. They all have family and friends on the outside who are angry, loving, confused, determined, frustrated, eager, energetic, and just plain tired. You probably know someone like that. Straight Talk is about those people coming together and finding ways to be the person you are and the person you would like to be for your loved ones in jail, in prison, and after prison, when the left-over feelings and new problems keep on coming.”

Straight Talk Support Group is 1) expanding its services to more places starting Cary and Salisbury, NC and to college campuses; 2) developing a new program to help men reentering society and their families adjust to the changed circumstances; 3) Drafting guidebooks that will accelerate the expansion of Straight Talk Support Groups. You can help make this happen!

Go to and share the address with your friends. Families in crisis are waiting for your help.


Divest From Prisons, Invest in People—What Justice for Black Lives Really Looks Like by Liza Bayless — YES! Magazine

“At the heart of the Invest-Divest demand is the recognition that our city, state, and federal budgets reflect the dehumanization, and the degradation of Black life through lack of investment in anything besides Black incarceration or surveillance,” says Marbre Stahly-Butts, co-author of demands from the Invest-Divest platform that call for reallocating government funds from law enforcement to long-term safety, and decriminalizing drug and prostitution crimes.

NAMI Recognizes Straight Talk’s Bessie Elmore


Straight Talk Support Group founder and executive director Bessie Elmore received the Steve Jordan Award from the National Association on Mental Illness (NAMI) North Carolina on October 8, 2016. The award recognizes her “work as an innovator and advocate for the development of effective services and supports for all those affected by mental illness.”