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Faith-Based Organization Welcomes Women Back Home Into the Community: Changing Lives, Restoring Families, and Building Community

Miller, Danise C. BSN, RN, PHN

doi: 10.1097/FCH.0b013e3181b91f01

This article reviews the current research related to the many issues affecting women's journey from incarceration back into community living. The complex transition process that comes when ex-offenders attempt to reenter society postrelease is examined, and the story of one faith-based community reentry program for women located in southern California is described. The women in this program currently achieve overall recidivism rates of 3% as compared with national averages of 50%. The program uses peers to help newly released women achieve long-term success. The specific steps taken by this organization to obtain such significant measurable positive outcomes are described.

Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego, California.

Corresponding Author: Danise C. Miller, BSN, RN, PHN, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Department, Rady Children's Hospital, 3020 Children's Way, San Diego, CA 92123 (

The author thanks Reverend Carmen-Warner Robbins as well as the women of Welcome Home Ministries who contributed to this article immensely and whereby offered passionate inspiration for the content herein.

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.