Hi, I’m Cindy and they asked me to tell you about Women in Transition and how I felt about it. First off, I want to say that it’s probably one of the best classes I took at Mabel Bassett. When you arrive at Mabel Bassett, it’s a very overwhelming feeling. There’s not a lot of opportunities for classes. There’s a waiting list of a book for you to sign up for programs, education, work, that has waiting lists that are daunting. You feel pretty worthless.
And then, I got the opportunity to walk in on a class of Women in Transition one day. The classes take place in the chapel and I walked in and the chapel was full. Probably one of the fullest that I’ve seen the chapel and I got to meet this wonderful woman who runs the class named Kathy Peacock. It’s one of those classes that you don’t get credits for. It’s just a certificate but you actually get real knowledge, knowledge that you’re going to use when you leave Mabel Bassett.
When I started off the class… Kathy starts every class by telling us all that we are beautiful, worthy, worth-it women. And I can remember one day, the chapel was full and she started the class, like she always does, by reminding us that we are beautiful, worthy, worth-it women. She asked if anybody didn’t feel that way. And, in that full chapel, a lady raised her hand. Kathy stopped the class and went up to this woman and took the time to make sure that she felt different than that by the time we left.
That’s what I can say about Women in Transition. Out of all the classes that are available to you at Mabel Bassett, that you could take at Mabel Bassett, this one actually is geared towards helping you; helping you re-enter society, helping you figure out who you are as a woman, and that you have value.
We go in there and we suffer from co-dependency, drug addictions, anger issues. And there’s not one of those subjects that’s not touched while you’re in Women in Transition. And touched in a way that you can relate to. She makes sure that we discuss those issues and everybody gets the chance to bring something up. Kathy herself has been in prison. She knows what it’s like. She fought her way out of it, just like we are all trying to do.
And you get there and you look at these books of waiting lists that are this big thick and you know you aren’t going to be able to get into a class and even if you do it’s 15 credits. And that’s the ones we all want into. We want to get into a class that we can get credits and get out of prison sooner. But this class is going to get you out of prison sooner. It’s going to give you the ability to make sound decisions, to start respecting yourself as a woman, and in a way that you understand that relates to your life. She understands that we come from drug addiction, and abuse, and sexual abuse and all those things that are real life that we deal with. She hits on all of them and takes the time to discuss them with you.
When you finish the class, you feel like you’ve actually finished something. And when she puts that certificate in your hand it means something to you because you know that you’re a better person because of it.
The care that she puts into the class makes the class what it is. We can all read a book. Many of the classes that you take at Mabel Bassett are just like that; somebody going through a book, you’re reading the pages and turning to the next one the next day. When you go over the book with her, everything is discussed.
One of the first things you do when you get there is she has you draw a picture and it’s supposed to be a picture of your face. That seems simple enough but to draw a picture of what your face looks like, what you think you are…I remember I drew a big smile face on mine because that’s what I was, I just wanted to make people happy. I was a people-pleaser and co-dependent, thought I needed people around me. But it wasn’t until I took that class that I realized that.
Same with the volcano page. You see that volcano page and you think ‘what does this have to do with me?’ It’s the layers of our life; it’s what we need to figure out, that core where we are at. Good things to stop doing to stop your volcano from erupting. She’s going to discuss it with you, you’re going to go over it with her and it’s all going to make sense. All of the sudden, all these things and the craziness in your life, she brings to life. She’s been there. She’s done that.
I thank God for Kathy Peacock every day and for Women in Transition. I would recommend it to anyone on the yard. And whether it’s credited or not, that certificate she puts in your hand is the most important thing you’ll ever get. It’s for re-entry. She makes sure that you have a plan. Like I said, the 15 credits you can get from another class don’t match what she’s going to do for you.
If you want to get out of prison and you want to do it the right way and not come back, this is the class you want to take.