Women Supporting Women
Most reentry services focus on men and fail to address the distinct issues that women face when dealing with trauma that was often the cause of their incarceration in the first place and has persisted during and after incarceration. Left with few to no options, formerly incarcerated women often fall into homelessness following their incarceration, contributing to an already exacerbated homeless services system that is not fit to serve their specific needs.
In 2019, True Beginnings joined the Sisterhood Alliance for Freedom & Equality (SAFE) Housing Network. The SAFE Housing Network supports the replication of A New Way of Life Reentry Project, founded by Susan Burton in Los Angeles in 1998 and recognized nationally as a successful reentry model. The purpose of the SAFE Housing Network is to advance a national model for wraparound reentry support services that are flexible enough to meet the unique needs of every person, including legal help, mental health treatment, parenting and life skills instruction, substance misuse training, employment assistance, and everything in between. Through training and technical assistance, the SAFE Housing Network brings True Beginnings and other participants together to tackle a spectrum of key replication challenges and provides opportunities to experience connecting, communicating and creating innovative solutions alongside peers, potential partners, and consultants.