Our Mission

As followers of Christ, we empower currently and recently incarcerated women to achieve lasting, positive change through programming and personalized mental, emotional, physical and spiritual support.

Our Staff

Diane Hunt – Executive Director

Challise Cantleberry - Program & Services Director 

Gail Clark - Volunteer Services Manager, Staff Accountant 

Gayle Eason - Spiritual Care & Outreach Manager

Brenda Freeman – Ruth Snyder Re-entry Home Manager 

Katrina Ikard - Pre-Release Care Manager 

Terre Lucas - Reentry Care Manager 

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Our Story

Back in 1999 Ruth Snyder began visiting two women incarcerated in the Mecklenburg County Sherriff’s Office (MCSO) Detention Center.  She found the ladies broken, afraid and feeling very much alone. Ruth recruited others and they began to teach, mentor and encourage an increasing number of women at MCSO on a spiritual and emotional level. When the women left MCSO to go to prison, personal contact continued through the mail and phone calls.

It was out of this that "Changed Choices" was born. A non-profit agency which has continued to develop; meeting the needs of the "clients" they followed into prison. 

Today, Changed Choices staff and volunteers continue to serve the ladies at MCSO as chaplains' assistants, mentors, life skills instructors, and professional counselors. 

Those who become Changed Choices clients benefit from the CARE  program (Comprehensive Approach to Re-entry Effectiveness) which has two key components:

CARE 1 supports clients in prison.  It provides correspondence with a Pre-Release Care Manager, a pen pal, a Bible Study coach and card writers and for some, provisions for basic needs. 

CARE 2 supports clients as they return to the community. Our Re-entry Care Manager and volunteers provide the tools and resources the women need for successful independent living in our community, such as housing, employment, and family reunification.  Some clients reside at our Ruth Snyder Re-entry home. 

Our program along with partnerships in the community has made Changed Choices a leader in helping women build new lives beyond prison wall. Today, the very low recidivism rate continues to speak clearly to the effectiveness of the program. Our staff has grown, but we continue to rely on our strong volunteer base to carry out our mission. 

Our Board

Sherry Teat, Chair  

Robert Phifer, Vice Chair 

April Smith, Secretary  

Michael Malone, Treasurer  

Ruth Snyder, Founder

Nancy Conniff  

Gricelda Cruz  

Wendolyn Diggs 

Mary Haynes

Susan Heusser

Amber McFall  

Daren McGrew  

Cheryl Maddox  

Chad Miller 

Betty Smith  

Evan Stratton 

Janice Vincent