Redeem-Her successfully transitions women recently incarcerated to become valued and contributing members of society.
Redeem-Her, a non-profit agency founded and operated by formerly incarcerated women, provides a safe, sober, supportive environment that is enhanced by positive role models who meet the tangible needs of clients.
Redeem-Her employs a model emphasizing that positive opportunities can transform the lives of women to become responsible, generous members of society.
1. We change people's minds. Many of the barriers we face persist because society has misconceptions about women who are in prison. We are transparent in our communities, providing opportunities for open, honest dialogue about our lives and our prison experiences so that the community may learn we are only women who have only made mistakes, not so different than them.
2. Battle the environment of despair that has been created within the prison by "revolving door". We gather women who have succeeded after incarceration so that our sisters still behind the wall may see a vivid example that a productive life in the community is possible for them too.
3. Offer true help in real hope to re-entering women by meeting their tangible needs. We provide housing, clothing, food, transportation, job assistance and most important, support from women who have been there.
SUPPORT = SUCCESS
Mass incarceration is an epidemic in the United States. We incarcerate more of our citizens than any other in the world. It has become an epidemic we cannot afford. 98% of the inmates incarcerated today will come home. At that point, our ability to reintegrate them into our communities affects everyone.
Right now, we are failing. 67% of the women released in New Jersey will return to prison within three years. The women of Redeem-Her will persevere until that number is 66%, and then 65% and then 64%....
It costs $38,700 per inmate per year. For each woman that stays at the Redeem-Her house we help save tax payers that money.
Redeem-Her has won the 2010 25th annual Golden Osprey Awards for excellence in Community Service.