Last week volunteer extraordinaire, Pam Eavenson, assisted residents of the Center for Women with starting a vegetable and herb garden. The garden is on the grounds of our main facility and we look forward to watching it grow alongside our residents. Make sure you check it out next time you visit.
Latasha was transferred to CCT Center for Women earlier this year after six years in prison. A wife and mother of two, she struggled with her roles as both behind bars. Her husband, Todd, a wonderful father, did not want their two girls, Baylee and Tannon, to be exposed to the prison atmosphere, and decided that they would not visit their mother in prison. It was a tough decision, one that no family should have to make.
The environment at the Center for Women is very different from a regular corrections facility, resembling a dormitory more than a prison. There are no bars or barbed wire. Residents may decorate their rooms, which they share with one roommate, as they wish. On any given day you’ll see the hustle and bustle of the women coming and going from work, school, or adventures out in the community with our amazingly dedicated volunteer sponsors. So when Latasha came here, she told Todd it was a much more suitable environment for their two girls.
After visiting our facility himself, he decided that yes, the homey atmosphere was healthy enough for his children. So, after six long years, the family reunited. After hugs and joyful tears, the foursome played several games of basketball outside the dorm, soaking in the sunshine and relishing simply being together.
By allowing our residents to rebuild relationships and restore family bonds while they are finishing their sentences, we know that they are more likely to make a successful transition back into their homes and communities when they are released.
This Christmas the staff and residents of CCT’s Center for Women received a heartwarming and encouraging Christmas card from a former resident. The Center for Women is our residential facility for women who are finishing out the last 1 to 3 years of their prison sentences. The Center aims to make reentry smoother for the residents. Residents are employed in the community, are sponsored by volunteers to go to off-site events, are able to attend community college, and are assisted by a case manager in finding housing on release.
As staff, we feel so privileged to be a part of this client’s journey, and there is no better Christmas present than to hear a client is doing well! (Full text below image)
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to the staff and Residents!
Ladies: I had the pleasure to be at CCTW from 2010-2013, the opportunities and resources that were made available to me while there absolutely put the finishing touches on me before my release. I want to thank the staff (Myra, Tiffany, Joy, and the many others that passed through those doors!!) and everyone of the people & community programs that help, encourage, and give their time to do all they could for myself and all the ladies that were there and will be there in the future. Thank you. My life forever changed the minute I walked into that huge white house on Park Place Dr. (the original, yeah I’m one of those ) And I have only respect, gratitude, and an abundance of love for the ECO program and most of all Myra!!! Stay on course ladies, I am proof there is a REAL life and real means out here for us all. . .
Sorry I ran out of space. Just too many awesome memories, opportunities, and programs, mental health help, and just a real once in a lifetime experience that I was very much blessed to get. God opened many many doors for me, and as long as I do my part, stay the course, he continues to. Just had to let y’all know it’s possible to get out and do, not just say!
Joy, love, peace, and all my prayers,
A former CCT Client