Women in Reentry: What It's All About

More than 650 women are released from incarceration in Arkansas each year. The challenges these women face seem insurmountable and there isn't enough help to go around. Hope Rises is working to change that.

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Personal Empowerment

Self esteem building, trauma healing, spiritual wellness, healthy relationships

Physical Wellness

Safe and supportive housing, health assessment, healthy eating and cooking, physical activity

Recovery

Women in recovery, relapse prevention, AA/NA meetings

Economic Empowerment

Job readiness & career readiness, social entrepreneurship, financial literacy and planning

Community Engagement

Engage & serve community, pursue community initiatives, public awareness & advocacy

Mental Wellness

Mindfulness, mental health counseling, activities for mental wellness (gardening, exercise, art, yoga and meditation)

Hope Rises for Women in Reentry

It's not enough to put a roof over her head. That's why Hope Rises has built a supportive community living environment for 8 women. Our 6-month residential program gives residents a structured, compassionate, and holistic environment to recover from trauma and addiction. These are women who are willing to work daily on their physical, mental, and spiritual health in order to heal. Our community welcomes women directly from prison, provides support, counseling, yoga, step studies, gardening, healthy eating, support groups, classes, and employment assistance. Our goal is to positively address and assist in EVERY facet of life from getting an ID to staying sober to reconnecting with family members and children.

Help Us Change Lives

As we move into 2017, we have big plans to expand our proven program and accept more residents from a long waiting list of women still in prison. There are only eighteen transitional houses for women licensed in the entire state of Arkansas. These few programs simply cannot accommodate the more than 650 women released from incarceration each year.

The best thing you can do is contribute to Hope Rises with a recurring donation of $10, $25, $50, or $100 each month. With your incremental support, we can achieve our goals TOGETHER!

Hear Their Stories

Listen to some of our ladies talk about their experiences in our video gallery.

Images of Women in Reentry

Photographer and student at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service conducted her thesis research through an ethnographic study of the needs of women in reentry. She spent three months with the residents of the Hope Rises Wellness & Recovery House capturing images and conducting interviews. Her photography reveals the women in their daily lives and their healing journeys through the Hope Rises program.

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