Dothan Women's Transitional Home Close to Being Move-in Ready

By  | 

Nearly 70% of people released from prison are re-arrested within three years.

The struggles ex-prisoners face after incarceration could be part of the problem.

The Healthy You organization is putting the finishing touches on a transitional home for women in Dothan.

It will be the new home to eight women who are trying to make the transition back to normal life after time served.

It may not be a white picket fence but for any of the 75 women who return to Dothan each month from prison, it could be seen as a new American dream.

"I think this point is the most severe point because coming out you're trying to do so much. You're trying to get your life back on track, you're trying to really reestablish yourself. That's what we're here for, to help them reestablish, to help them rebuild,” Night-time Manager Kindra Trawick said.

Most of that rebuilding requires some major adjustments.

"Our desire is to help these women learn to adjust to the financial responsibilities, the personal responsibilities, the work responsibilities so they can stay out of prison. Reunite them with their families and children, so we want to be able to give the women the support and services they need so they can concentrate on staying on the right path,” Resident Manager Holly Whitehead said.

There will be mentors for the women, workshops and higher education classes to help get them back on the right path.

"The whole focus is to change the lives of the women that are coming. To push them, to encourage them, to inspire them,” Trawick said.

Whitehead says she's been inspired by the community's response.

"We have had such an influx of support from the community, we have not met with any resistance,” Whitehead said.

Everything in the home has been donated, from churches, hardware stores and other local groups.

The “Wired” group painted the home inside and out and a local Girl Scout troupe did a board game drive so the women will have something fun to do when their families come to visit.

Whitehead hopes the home's affect is everlasting.

"20 years from now I’d like to see it still helping women get out of prison and stay out of prison,” Whitehead said.

They hope to be ready for the women to move in by the beginning of September.