Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
-Margaret Mead

OUR Mission

"To serve and support individuals involved with the criminal justice system, primarily women and children, to prevent recidivism and promote productive crime free lives."

OUR Staff

AliceAnne Frost
AliceAnne is the Chief Executive Officer of The Program, "It's About Change", a 501 ( c ) (3) nonprofit dedicated to providing resources and encouragement to ex-offenders after incarceration. AliceAnne holds a degree in Accounting from York College of PA and is currently pursuing her MBA with a primary focus in nonprofit management. She not only brings with her a vast knowledge of nonprofit operations and financial expertise but has a passion for the mission. AliceAnne believes it is the mission of The Program to empower reentrants with the tools they will need to create better lives despite prior missteps. The Program's goal is to ensure that any woman leaving incarceration knows that The Program is a place to find the help she needs, either through our services or it's collaborators.
Dr. Carol Howard
Family Reunification Director

Carol has lived and worked in the city of Harrisburg since 1970, as a teacher and administrator for the Harrisburg School District for more than 30 years, and a volunteer on several nonprofit boards. She has been a home owner in uptown Harrisburg for 27 years and cares deeply about our underserved citizens, especially those returning home from incarceration.

With a giant leap of faith, Carol moved from being an officer on the Board of Directors to the CEO position for The PROGRAM on December 01, 2015 and served until January 23, 2017 in that role. She is currently assisting with Promise Place as the Family Reunification Direct and running the agency's Saturday Family Reunification Program. Carol finds the work to be very rewarding and loves working with the Parenting Inside Out Curriculum, as a way of inspiring and uplifting incarcerated parents. She is a strong advocate for second (or more) chances for Justice Involved Women and their families. She believes in the Serenity Prayer as a guiding principle.

Joe Ann Dillard
Re-Entry Center Director
Joe Ann has been employed with The Program, "It's About Change" for twenty years in various positions. Currently, she is the Re-Entry Director running the Day Program five days a week. On Mondays she conducts Life Skills sessions at Dauphin County Prison for the Pre Release Program. Her motto is "treat people the way you want to be treated, with respect and dignity". Reentrants know that she will deliver tough advice with encouragement and her legendary sense of humor. They have been known to keep in touch with her long after reentering society and no longer needing our services.
Carita Ellis Espola
Resource Development Coordinator
As a writer by trade, Carita applies expertise and creativity to The Program, "It's About Change" as our Resource Development Coordinator. She promotes collaboration by building meaningful relationships within organizations and active members of the community. She works alongside our CEO and CFO to develop grants, fundraising, and diverse opportunities for the facilities, Reentrants, and dedicated agency team. She has been an avid advocate for women's issues including domestic violence prevention and LGBT awareness for more than two decades. She works diligently toward empowerment for all women and is committed to building an authentic, extended community for our Tribe at The Program, "It's About Change" and Promise Place.
Board Members
Our Dedicated Team

Tracy Arnold, President
Maria Bucher, Vice President
Kyle Peay, Treasurer
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"It's About Change."


We offer an array of high quality programs and services using evidence based strategies and an experienced staff.


Re-Entry Center
Harrisburg, PA
* Day Programs
* Pre-Release/Outreach Services
* Saturday Sessions


Promise Place
Steelton, PA
* Transitional Living Facility



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