"This course showed me that I do have a chance in life - that I can still do things with my life. And it also gave me a different outlook on the outside - this program changed me - gave me strength to keep going forward." ~ Jasmine
This morning at Lancaster County Prison, ten extraordinary women graduated from the RMO's Reentry Course - the comprehensive life skills program that we've been running at LCP since 2011.
These ten women - Brittany, Mary, Jasmine, Melissa, Shea, Sue, Tessa, Heather, Atiya, Tracey – are gutsy, determined, and wise. They demonstrated initiative, persistence and gut-wrenching honesty throughout the program. They deserve a chance at a better future.
But they're also incredibly vulnerable and face staggering hurdles to that "better future." All ten of them have children who were left behind when the women went to prison. All of them have been in and out of prison multiple times. Most of them struggle with addictions. Most of them experienced significant trauma when they were children: abuse, neglect, poverty, hunger . . . And seven of them have nowhere to live when they get released from Lancaster County Prison. All of them will be released within the next couple of months - in the dead of winter.
The RMO can help them - but only if we have funds to provide the safe housing, case management, treatment and other services these women, and many other inmates like them, will need when they are released.
Will you consider making a donation to the RMO through today's Extraordinary Give? Here is the link to our donations page:
Your support can make a world of difference to help Brittany, Mary, Jasmine, Melissa, Shea, Sue, Tessa, Heather, Atiya, Tracey and others to make a new life outside of prison for themselves and their children.
Thank you for considering a donation to help the RMO to continue to work with people the rest of society has thrown away and forgotten.