Home ready to open to assist women just released from prison - KOTA Territory News

Home ready to open to assist women just released from prison


After four years, a group of women open a home dedicated to helping women rebuild their lives after prison.

The Passages House gives women just out of prison a place to live for 18 months while they participate in faith based program.

Carol Kelly, Executive Director of Passages, says the idea was started by a woman named Sharon Janks who used to visit the women's prison.

Kelly says Janks believes women need a place to start over.
"To help them get some life skills, learn how to cook, help them get their G.E.D. and get their education, and to get them to think more highly about themselves, the way God sees them, not the lies they were told," says Kelly.

The house is the former home of Pastor Brad Clawson.

He is leasing the property to Passages.

Before it was ready for women, it needed a woman's touch.
"It wasn't very pleasant I'm sure being in prison, and I just felt that having a place here for them to feel comfortable and to feel valued is where my heart is, let them know how to be a woman be pampered and loved," says Designer Janice Horchovec.
Kelly says everything for the home, paint, services, furniture, was all donated.

The home will open April 1st and can house 6 women at a time.

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