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Review for Welcome Home Ministries, Carlsbad, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I am a former drug addict/criminal and have spent may years incacerated. I made a chioce to change my life and look for a higher power in God. To date I have 15 years clean and crime free. Welcome Home Ministries went to our local Sheriff and asked if we could come in to the jails and support the women in their transition. After 4 years of committment, perserverance and compassion, I was able to witness over 300 women make positive changes and new choices in their lives. I earned the respect and support from the Sheriff and his staff, and began a working relationship with them. I was granted permission to have a slected unit to begin gorups and re-entry planning with the ladies in the institution. The women we serve have lost their children, homes, dignity and hope. We restore that because we are their peers who have not only been in their shoes, but who are also able to encourage their success. Welcome Home Ministries has the compassion to help the women overcome their obstacles by showing them how it is possible to acheive their goals. We do not do it for them, we walk along side of them and coach, and mentor them. I am currently volunteering until there is financial support to complete ouR work.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I was released 14 years ago and I helped to form this ministry.I have a new circle of friends who I am accountable to. I share in my celebrations as well as life's curve balls. I am accountable to the other women, which is also why I am still in recovery.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Need a grant writer and a professional publicist that could give our ministry exposure to the public, in order to find sustainability. Then we may continue to do the work that is seldom recognized as being needed in the community. It will reduce recidivis

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The fact that I can share my experiences, strengths and hope with women who are in the same darkness I was once in. I am able to help the women overcome their obstacles and she the wopmen blossom into respectful citizens and overcome their weaknesses.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The staff and volunteers are also peers, who have overcome the same obstacles, each with a different story and the same outcome. There is no judgement of each other, only celebration of the metamorphis of change.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Operate the jail facility with more than 2 people, open and operate a transitional home for the women re-entering, the program should be for women and thier children,provide interview clothing, and then provide transitional housing after recovery.

Ways to make it better...

There were more staff to do all the work. The are so many women and needs that the impact cpould be far greater if we could employ more staff

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Finding community members willing to support our project, believing that our women can change and hire them according to their experience...not the crime.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Welcome Home will continue to serve the women with or without finances. Women will continue to come and will alwats be welcome, we will never give up on our purpose and that is iomportant. We represent HOPE for the women exisiting their nightmares

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Former staff & Worked with the women incacerated prepare for re-entry.