STORIES OF Inspiration

"When I first came to Promise Place, I was angry at myself. I was depressed, and overwhelmed because I'm halfway back. I had a hard time finding work, but the staff at Promise Place kept encouraging me to keep looking and not give up until I found work. Every time I feel like I want to give up on something, or feel like giving up on myself, not just one staff member, but all staff at Promise Place talks to me and helps me out with whatever I'm going through. They also help me point out my own character defects to help me be a better person."
-C. Hubbard
"all staff at Promise Place talks to me and helps me out with whatever I'm going through."
"keep your head up, there is hope for a better life."
"Promise Place is a hand up, not a hand out. I arrived here June 15, 2016. With the help of peers and staff, I have become gainfully employed. I have a rejuvenated relationship with my daughters. If you're motivated and truly want a second chance, this is the place for you. There are rules and regulations you must follow- just like any other facility- but if you follow them, you are well on your way to a fresh start. I'm writing this 3 weeks into being here. Imagine how far I will be in just a few months. So keep your head up, there is hope for a better life."
-H. Norris

"On April 29, 2016...again I had a violation of my parole. I was in a dark place... hurting. My heart was broken. I said words that would wound people- hurt people. My words cut and they were deep. I didn't realize I was doing or saying words that made people feel like they were below me. It took me a very long time to sit still, look at myself in a mirror, and find my heart again. I was always taught to treat people how I would like to be treated, so I prayed every nite that the person down deep inside me would come to light and start healing me from deep down. I take a personal inventory every night. I call it "taking the trash out". The trash man comes every morning... and I start over. "Dump it baby!" "Get it out!"

While at Promise Place, I learned to listen, and listened to learn. I am a better person today. I got the opportunity to just listen to people that I hurt. Someone once said to me that life is what you make it, and when you say something to someone that it doesn't have to be mean. I try each and every day to say or do something nice for someone. My blessings are coming back to me each and every day. There was a reason I walked through these doors. I found happiness within myself. They broke me down to build a better stronger me. It is one day, one minute at a time. Promise Place has taught me there is hope after prison. There are people who truly care. Outside of these walls there is light for me.
Thank you Promise Place for the better way!
-C. McIntyre
"There was a reason I walked through these doors.
I found happiness within myself."

"The Program is more than a support system for me, we are a family. All cut from a different cloth, but willing to work together to better one another."

I want to start off by saying how thankful I am for "The Program". The CEO, Carol Howard, and other woman involved were a major asset to my recovery in so many ways. Battling addiction can be very challenging, let alone trying to overcome my past. The Program supported me through my transition, and I am happy to say I am now well enough to give back to other women that are traveling along the same journey as I did.
Coming from a family that struggles with alcohol addiction made for a trying childhood. Often times I felt alone and held a lot of responsibility a child shouldn't have to bare. I taught myself a lot of positive life skills but I was also responsible for teaching myself right from wrong, which was more like trial and error. When I started drinking at age 20, I had very little self-discipline and this party life style soon became a habit. The dreams that I once had of graduating college and becoming an architect were what I thought had been shattered.
Shortly into my addiction I had been arrested for driving under the influence. Followed by more arrests, probation and ultimately a jail sentence of 17 months work release. My whole world was crushed at this point. I had hit rock bottom. Here I was a mother of two amazing boys and I was behind bars.
I pressed myself into recovery, and at this point I was desperate for any solution other than the ones I had tried in the past that had seemingly failed. That's when I was introduced to The Program. Immediately I was drawn into The Program because I was able to rekindle my torn relationship with my children. Little did I know that I would gain so much from the women behind it. The Program is more than a support system for me, we are a family. All cut from a different cloth, but willing to work together to better one another.
I am very proud to say that I am one year sober, and counting- and I am well on my way to achieving the goals I once thought were hopeless. I thank The Program and everyone involved for their support. I couldn't have done it without you.
-Monique

"It's About Change."

RE-ENTRY

In Central Pa, thousands of people are released from prison every year. Most will contemplate maintaining a positive outlook and expect to be able to make better decisions when they come back home. But for many, home has shifted, jobs have disappeared and success will remain elusive. With a criminal record, even navigable challenges from the past can look insurmountable. Without a substantial, individualized support system, recidivism will become harsh reality's repeating cycle.



REUNITING

Family reunification is the cornerstone of success for any child unwillingly separated from a parent by incarceration. Statistically, mothers have a direct impact on a child's mental, social and personal development. When mothers do time, their children do it with them. The bond and/or lack of bond mothers and children share during prison, must be addressed regardless of custody. In some cases, all the mothers need is a safe, family-friendly place to play, prepare meals and share quality time, to be reunited successfully with their children.

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