Walking alongside

Last night, we had the opportunity to gather virtually and share during our Rally ‘Round event.  With the support of our sponsors, Fashion & Compassion, Siela Boutique, ColsonKeane, Vera Bradley and Haines Financial Services, we shared a behind the scenes look at the journey of women impacted by incarceration. So often, we go off our […]

Times of Uncertainty

“When I first read this scripture was in 2012 at Dove’s Nest.  At that time, I was coming our of a long meth addiction.  Nine years later, I now understand.  The footnote says, “God works in ‘all things’ not just isolated incidents–for our good.  This does not mean that all that happens to us is […]

The Power of Self-Advocacy

What is self-advocacy?  It’s a question our staff has been discussing over the past few months as clients share stories of success with us.  Women speaking up about their physical and mental health, diving into relationship work and setting healthy boundaries.  How can we as an organization quantify the power of self-advocacy?  Recently, a pre-release […]

Our Dream

We are often blessed with words of encouragement, thoughts, prayers and stories from the amazing women we serve.  We recently asked them to share how God is working in their lives right now, and share their words and thoughts with you.  The following is from our client, Ronda. One night when I had gone to […]

Can you remember…

Can you remember the last prayer you know wholeheartedly was answered for you?  For two of our pre-release clients, it was earlier this week. V has been working diligently the last few months through a treatment program provided by the state prison.  She has shared her struggles, frustrations and rejoices with our Pre-Release Manager, Lindsay […]

Finding a new way…

Gathering again!  Over the last few weeks, our staff had the opportunity to come together with supporters and friends and connect in conversation.  We loved the chance to share our experiences over the past year and our hopes for 2021 and beyond. Coffee and Conversation with Diane Hunt, Executive Director and CEO What a joy […]

Second Chance and a New Beginning

Can you believe May is almost here?  The last few months have moved so  quickly, but I would be remiss if I didn’t share why April is so  important for anyone impacted by incarceration.  Prison Fellowship declare Second Chance Month for the first time in April of 2017.  More  than 77 organizations joined the nonpartisan […]

Incarceration 101

Diane Hunt, Executive Director and CEO I recently participated in a Changed Choices Volunteer Orientation led by Gail Clark (Director of Volunteer Care).  She shared some interesting statistics and I thought more people needed to know about them.  Since the start of the pandemic, at least 47 inmates have died from COVID-19, while more than […]

Be encouraged as you read their words to you….

Hello! I have been eager to share this email with you and you will see why as you read.  When I write, I often share my thoughts about life at Changed Choices or a situation we are working through or a challenge or need.  This story is different. In the office, we have a credenza […]

Meet our newest staff member!

We are excited about our plans for Changed Choices in 2021.  One step in our plan was to hire an new Pre-Release Manager as a staff member had pass away in November.  Ruth Snyder (Founder) graciously stepped in to keep us afloat until we could fill the position.  We are very grateful for Ruth. I […]