FOCUS Ministries

Women’s Re-Entry Wellness

Women returning to Knoxville from incarceration need a supportive, safe-space, therapeutic residence program facilitating long-term re-entry success. FOCUS Ministries seeks to launch Phase 2* a holistic, healthy choices program for women re-entering society from East Tennessee jails and prisons designed to address ACES and resiliency, opioid addiction prevention, and overall mental health thereby reducing recidivism and breaking cycles of incarceration. This initiative will be accomplished by implementing the evidence-based practices gathered from these successful models: 1) Amity Foundation’s Therapeutic Communities, 2) Huikahi’s Restorative Circles, and 3) The Lovelady Center’s residential rehabilitation program.
* Phase 1 involved securing a location and rights to open an approved home for women.

FOCUS Ministries requests $5,000 Phase I funding for further onsite and video conference research of evidence-based programs in hopes of localizing similar success in Knoxville. The key audience is the incarcerated woman re-entering society. The secondary audience is generational in scope; both family of origin and potential spouse and/or children.
Initiative success will be measured directly and indirectly. Direct impact will be demonstrated by the number of program graduates and their confidence to live sober, successful lives. The indirect impact will be measured in family reunifications, accumulated clean time, and no future incarceration. Partnerships will include: Tennessee Department of Corrections, Peninsula Behavioral Health, Faith Promise Celebrate Recovery, Metro Drug Coalition resources, and contracted group therapist.
The long-term sustainability is a priority. FOCUS Ministries works diligently to develop staff and board fundraising via foundations, corporations, donors, events, and earned-income streams.