Our 2018 Nonprofit Partner is Hope Rises.
Hope Rises mission is to provide incarcerated and recently released women with opportunities to achieve personal and economic empowerment and improve their health and well being. The organization has pioneered an innovative and holistic program based on years of research surrounding the issues of the uniquely female experience in the American justice system.
While the experience of incarceration similarly impacts men and women, female ex-offenders are more likely to experience increased stigma and difficultly accessing resources upon release. [i] In Arkansas, low-income and previously incarcerated women are one of the most marginalized segments of our community. They are significantly underserved for their social, physical, and mental health needs.[ii] [iii]
From 2000 to 2010, Arkansas’ population of female inmates
increased by over 50%.[iv]
Hope Rises Pre-Release and Reentry Programming
Hope Rises programming is designed to guide women through numerous obstacles and empower them to take action on their own behalf to meet their physical, spiritual and emotional needs both before and after release from prison. The Hope Rises Wellness and Recovery House is an eight-bed reentry facility where women stay for 6 months. Once the 6-month program is completed, women have the opportunity to move to the “Six-Plex”, the step-down facility including 6 studio apartments that allows time for additional growth, access to resources, and financial stability before living independently.
Since the program began, Hope Rises has a 0% recidivism rate for the women that have graduated from their 6-month program. All program graduates have been successfully employed, reunited with their loved ones, and are active in their recovery.
How You Can Help
Hope Rises relies on state government funding, fundraising, a social enterprise project, donations and community partnerships to fund their programs. Ways that individuals, businesses, organizations and groups can help include:
- Educate yourself and others about this issue
- Share about us on your social media accounts
- Introduce us to others who can support us financially
- Donate to our organization monthly
- Volunteer your skills to help us maintain our facilities (plumbers, electricians, contractors)
Kim Roxburgh, BSW, MPH
[i] Berman, J. 2005. Women of Offender Transition and Reentry: Gender Responsive Approaches to Transitioning Women Offenders from Prison to the Community. Washington, DC: National Institute of Corrections.
[ii] United Health Foundation, America’s Health Rankings, americashealthrankings.org
[iii] Brophy, K., Amico, M., and Jones, A. 2013. The State of Re-Entry Service Community in Little Rock: White Paper of Analysis and Recommendations
[iv] The Pew Center of States. 2011. The State of Recidivism.