Presentation on theme: "Let’s Start: A Support Process for Women. INSPIRING HOPE: Changing Women’s Lives Reentry has challenges: Reunification with children Overcoming addiction."— Presentation transcript:
INSPIRING HOPE: Changing Women’s Lives Reentry has challenges: Reunification with children Overcoming addiction Developing a healthy support system Obtaining a job, decent housing and education
MISSION STATEMENT Let’s Start, Inc., a non-profit organization led by and for formerly incarcerated women, aims to break the cycle of incarceration in families by using the personal experiences of its participants to support recovery, educate the community and inform policy.
Support for Women Weekly group sessions with available child care Parenting sessions Micro-lending Follow-up referrals Professional counseling
Support for Children Bus trips to visit moms in prison Individual and group therapy School-based group sessions Weekly tutoring sessions
Community Education and Advocacy Talks to school, church and community groups Performances of “Stories of Hope” Visits with policy makers
DEMONSTRATED POSITIVE OUTCOMES Participants will be leaders in the organization, the community and the social/political system. Participants will have supportive family and/or peer relationships that aid their integration into the community. Participants will have improved relationships with their children. Participants will have an impact on the attitudes of policy makers and targeted community groups. Participants will have a lower rate of incarceration and/or re-incarceration than non-participants.
Vision for the Future Let’s Start will continue to be a catalyst for change to break the cycle of incarceration and addiction. Let’s Start will: Empower participants as they return to their families as contributing, self confident women Seek on-going creative interventions for children of incarcerated parents.