A Day Closer is a non-profit organization that provides resources for people incarcerated and their families. Our mission is to keep families intact. Often at least in the Federal system, an inmate can be located over a thousand miles away from their loved ones. This creates a hardship on families in maintaining a stable and tight family bond. Face to face visits with family not only aids in building a strong and healthy support system, which is crucial for re-entry into society, but these visits are also vital in helping those incarcerated to feel a calmness, hope, and relevance.
A Day Closer believes that keeping families together while incarcerated will have a dramatic effect on reducing recidivism. The sense of being relevant which inmates receive from family visits is what makes a person wake up with purpose and value.
We assist family members in need with the cost associated with traveling to see their loved one. Whether it is gas money, bus ticket, hotel room, airfare, train ticket, or Rideshare we want to make it possible for families to be together.
A Day Closer aids in the transition back into society by offering clothing when needed and toiletries. Often, men and women serve such lengthy sentences that they do not have the bare necessities available to them for the start of their successful journey.
A Day Closer believes in people and values their worth.
"A momentary lapse in judgment can be a defining moment, but it does not need to define you for the rest of your life."
- Cassie Jo Monaco, Founder
A Day Closer
Cassie is the founder of A Day Closer and an outspoken proponent of keeping families connected while a loved one is incarcerated.
Cassie has personally observed and felt the sadness and pain of inmates and family members who do not have the opportunity to visit face-to-face, and, witnessed the often devastating consequences of incarceration. But, she has also seen the irreplaceable and lasting joy in a mother’s, a wife’s, or a child's eyes when they sit across the table from a loved one during a visit. It is these precious moments that have inspired Cassie to keep families together during a difficult time.
Cassie's journey started in July 2016 when her husband started serving an 80-month sentence in federal prison. Cassie has heard countless instances of fractured families: husbands and wives; children growing up without knowing a parent; or not being able to say goodbye to a loved one who has suffered from a terminal illness - all because of not having the resources to stay connected. Incarceration has far-reaching social consequences that most do not recognize.
A Day Closer hopes to be able to bridge this gap that today's prison system ignores. Cassie is not on a personal crusade to fix the blistering problems of our country's prisons. Instead, she is committed to providing the necessary resources that are so desperately needed by some families through the generous support and grace of A Day Closer donors.
Through personal encounters, these sovereign moments bring hope, comfort, confidence, faith, and optimism for a successful continued journey.
In gratitude and love, Cassie dedicates her time and efforts to all those who support A Day Closer.
Cassie grew up in Missoula, Montana and spent most of her adult years in Maryland where she worked in the sales and marketing and finance industries. She is also actively involved in Toastmasters International, where she serves as President of the North Valley Club. Cassie has three daughters and seven spirited grandchildren. Cassie and her husband reside in Whitefish, Montana.
Cassie is a motivational speaker and has helped people discover and implement the full potential of their own creative powers for personal growth and happiness.