Healing For the Broken Hearted
Setting The Captives Free
Living Waterís mission is to help formerly incarcerated women overcome their weaknesses and nurture their strengths so that they may become vital members of the community.
With little more than the proverbial bus ticket and pocket money, one hundred and seventy seven women are released from prison daily and told to stay out of trouble. There are many others in trouble, fortunate enough not to descend into the depths of jail, yet still imprisoned by addictions, lifestyles and circumstances beyond their control. Much more attention is given to the high number (600,000) returning annually from state and federal prisons but what about the more than 7 million returning from jail.
Living Water for Womenís goal is to establish a structured transitional home for women who have been incarcerated. They come from our communities so letís house them in our communities. If we can give these women adequate housing, supportive care, counseling and job training they will feel more like valued members of society, surpassing every expectation that we have for them. Only then can they fully reintegrate into our towns; thus becoming citizens of value and ultimately making our neighborhoods safer.
These women are already living in the midst of our communities, so why not provide them with adequate housing along with counseling and job training to keep them off our streets, thus reducing criminal activity. While Living Water for Women can provide basic needs, we need support from our community to enable us to provide shelter, food, clothing, basic life skills, job training, spiritual guidance and counseling so these women can lead productive independent lives. We firmly believe that this home will succeed once we can secure the help and support of local communities, businesses and churches alike. We all stand to gain if we can help these women become productive members of society again so that they can continue to reach out to their communities and help other women do the same.