Faith-Based Organization Welcomes Women Back Home Into the Community: Changing Lives, Restoring Families, and Building CommunityMiller, Danise C. BSN, RN, PHNFamily & Community Health: October-December 2009 - Volume 32 - Issue 4 - p 298–308 doi: 10.1097/FCH.0b013e3181b91f01 Article Buy Abstract Author InformationAuthors Article MetricsMetrics 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 (DaniseCMiller@aol.com). 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.