Next steps to a true second chance

First, it was “banning  the box” from job and rental applications.  Further steps need to be made to create fresh starts.  Thank you to the Charlotte Observer for  sharing the need for expungement reform:

No Known Inmate

When we picked up the mail last week, these words were stamped across each envelope addressed to our remaining client awaiting sentencing at Mecklenburg County Detention Center. She has been held since 2018 awaiting sentencing; most people are held at the detention center for less than two years. After multiple stops and starts, she finally […]

The Pencil Chronicles

Writer: Heather Westerfield I am a 37-year-old mother of two and currently incarcerated at the  Mecklenburg County Detention Center. I have been in jail for a little  over two years and reading and writing have become major tools for my  survival. I have been on a quest to better myself and use my time wisely […]

My Dream

“During COVID, I had a pretty amazing dream.  I was looking out the window one day, and looked at the clouds.  All of a sudden, Jesus appears with Peter.  The first thing out of my mouth was ‘OH C_ _ P! (not the most appropriate thing to say in front of Jesus, I know).  Angels […]

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 […]