Before, During and After Incarceration

Our MISSION

BDAI advocates for the incarcerated by providing restorative programming, family support, and community education about alternatives to incarceration while engaging local and statewide stakeholders to improve the criminal justice system.

Help BDAI

Please consider making a donation to BDAI

 

BDAI Inc. is a 501c3 charitable organization and your donation will help the incarcerated and their families.  

Check out BDAI's Fund Appeal letter to see all of the ways we are helping the incarcerated through your generous support!

Fund Appeal Letter

Help Others

 

BDAI offers a Coaching Program to help those who are recently released from jail to find the resources they need to successfully reintegrate into the community. 

Interested in being a coach or know someone recently released from jail who could use a coach?

 

Contact Jill Zofia jillzofia@hotmail.com 

or Tom Bousamra  bousamrato@gmail.com 

Everyone Deserves the Best Care

Do you have a concern with a Mental Health provider?

Do you need to file a complaint? Get more information here

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Distressed or In Crisis?

Life-Threatening Emergencies:

Call 911

 

National Suicide/Mental Health Crisis Lifeline:

Call 988 

24-Hour Mental Health Crisis Line

1-833-295-0616  TTY 711 

 24/7 Mobile Crisis Services

​National Crisis Text Line:

Text HOME to 741741 24/7 crisis counseling

MI Mental Health Warmline:

888-733-7753 

Crisis Welcoming Center

Walk ins Welcome

105  Hall St, Traverse City

Noon-Midnight

We are here to help: 

NAMI-Grand Traverse

(National Alliance on Mental Illness) https://namigt.org/ 

BDAI

(Before During & After Incarceration) https://www.bdaiconnect.org/

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LATEST NEWS

BDAI Presentation-League of Woman Voters 

Can be viewed on the Traverse Area Community Media Facebook pageLWVGTA Facebook page, on Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85998590430 or on Community TV Channel 189. Questions can be asked on Zoom, or in the Facebook comments. For those that are unable to tune into the live event, a recording will be available at the TACM website.

 MI Justice Reform Signed into Law

The Smart Justice campaign with the help of coalition partners and volunteers made 2020 a landmark year for pretrial reform. 

Michigan Pretrial Reform

Volunteer Chaplain at Grand Traverse County Jail Presented Award for Work With Inmates

Congratulations to Tom Bousamra-BDAI president and volunteer Catholic chaplain at the Grand Traverse County Jail who was awarded the 2020 Sara Hardy Humanitarian Award for his service over many years to the incarcerated and their families!

View the News Coverage on the Award

Tom's Acceptance Speech

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Thank you to all who attended the showing of the movie,

Just Mercy  and discussion at the State Theater. There were over 150 in attendance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BDAI sends our gratitude to all our friends and volunteers in attendance at our October 3, 2019, presentation in Traverse City-

Incarceration-Injustice Vs. Justice Punishment or Restoration

View Video here
Traverse City Record Eagle Article on Event

Moving Video-Check it out:

Step Inside the Circle

 EVENTS

BDAI Family and Volunteer Support Supper

Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 5:30 pm

WHO – We welcome individuals and their families who have been affected previously or are currently impacted by incarceration & BDAI Volunteers.

WHAT – A meal will be provided in a relaxing gathering. A short presentation may occur to update attendees regarding BDAI’s activities.

Childcare and activities provided.

WHERE: St Francis Church Fellowship Hall 1025 S. Union St.
Traverse City, MI 49684