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St. Mark’s is forming a support circle for a woman who has recently been released from prison. We will be one of three “beta” sites for this new program sponsored by the Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women (IPMW). Already, two persons from St. Mark’s serve on the board of IPMW and two others serve as mentors to women still in prison who are preparing for their transition back into society.
The support circle will consist of four to six people (male and female) who will meet with the woman probably twice a month initially and then once a month when there are fewer needs and issues to address. The commitment is for a year.
There are two training sessions before the meetings with the woman begin next year. The circle will address practical issues such as getting a driver’s license, connecting with needed social services, or perhaps even getting a job, if she does not have one. But it will also be a group for moral and spiritual support, a way of letting her know she is not alone, that she is loved, that there is a faith community surrounding her. The woman we work with will also be connected to some other program such as Step-Up, so we will not have to deal with all the issues ourselves.