I grew up in North City and dropped out of Vashon High School in the 10th grade. I later received my GED in prison. I come from a family of 7 children, and now have two grown children, 6 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild with 1 more on the way. My work experience before coming out of prison was short. I never stayed at a job more than 6 to 8 months. After I was released from prison for the last time, I first worked part-time for Project Cope and Let’s Start. I have been at Center for Women in Transition for the last 15 years. I spent a total of 15 ½ years in prison because of my drug use. I shoplifted to support my drug habit. While I was in prison in the late 1980’s, I contacted Project COPE about getting into their program. I thought Project COPE was the answer to my prayers. But I still needed treatment, and a change of people, places and things. Even though I had a great support there, I ended up back in prison because I hadn’t received treatment or made a real change in my life. When I came out of prison again in 1995, I was willing to do anything to remain sober, and I was hungry for suggestions from people who were making it. Narcotics Anonymous changed my life, along with support from the Let’s Start support group. They offered the guidance I needed to work through my addiction and get on a different track. Today I work as the Advocate Director for Center for Women in Transition. I advocate for alternatives to incarceration for women convicted of non-violent crimes. These women come through the Mentoring and Advocacy program as an alternative to going to prison. I also advocate for legislative changes to assist women reentering their communities after incarceration. I am proud to say that I have been clean and sober for 18 years now. I live in a beautiful 3-bed room house that God blessed me to see built from the ground. I have a wonderful relationship with my family. And I am happy to be able to offer women the same support that changed my life for the better almost twenty years ago.
Center for Women in Transition 7525 S. Broadway, St. Louis MO 63111 (P) 314.771.5207 (F) 314.771.0066 (E) firstname.lastname@example.org