The Arouet Foundation helped bridge that gap between life inside and life outside. I had the pleasure of learning new copping skills, as well as learning new ways to nurture healthy relationships. I have taken all the great tools provided in this program to find a healthy balance in life and life a wonderful life I could have never imagined before.
I took part in the TOPS program early 2013 and was released in 8/2013. Prior to this I went to prison multiple times and did not think I could or would have a future ahead of me. The program made me think and see things differently. I have been out of prison for almost 3 years now and because of the TOPS program am able to make better decisions for myself. TOPS and Televerde as a whole have given me a reason to move forward and a reason to believe in myself. Without TOPS, I don't know where I would be today.
I was fortunate enough to have been given the opportunity to participate in the TOPs program, which is one of the numerous things that the Arouet Foundation does to support the community. TOPs is the acronym for "Transforming Our Possibilities" and is a re-integration program offered to female inmates to help them with every aspect of transitioning back into society. This program includes resume writing, how to answer questions and be professional in an interview, managing finances, learning and living "The 7 Habits", and how to build and nurture the relationships with your family, children, and friends. Without the tools and experiences that this program afforded me, I have no doubt that I would not have become as successful as I am. This foundation and what they stand for are an integral part of my success.
Arouet has been instrumental in my success. Prior to my release I participated in our TOPS program which includes a variety of workshops from resume writing and interviewing to finances and reunification with your family. Since my release, I have built my credit, I have become responsible with managing my finances and just recently bought a house in December of last year! I have both of my children living with me and couldn't be happier. Also, thanks to the help of Bill Branson who is part of the Arouet foundation I am 4 classes away from graduating with my degree. Arouet helps change lives and the people who have benefited from this foundation are the change that you see.
Arouet has helped me in many ways. I acquired their services to begin changing my career and returning to school. I would not have been able to accomplish this or pay for school if It were not for the scholarships I received from them. I was also attempting to get my RN license back and they helped me with schooling and testing for that!! I am so grateful for having an organization that helps women who are trying to better their lives. Their services are life changing. Thank you so very much!!