Women in Transition is a three-stage program.
First, SITGM Women in Transition staff (all formerly incarcerated women) teach our Women in Transition curriculum inside nine Oklahoma prisons/jails and in two partner locations. Our course facilitators share their personal stories as well as practical education about: 1) anger management, 2) the power of “no”, 3) characteristics of co-dependency, 4) dealing with stress, 5) communication skills, 6) facing addiction, and more.
Second, after a woman is released, our course facilitators provide one-on-one mentorship support to ensure that course graduates are willing to follow through on their commitment to life change.
Lastly (and this is where you come in!) SITGM recruits and trains a small group of volunteers to come around a woman who is actively pursuing a healthy life after coming out of a hard place or incarceration. Women in Transition volunteers commit to meet in their small group at least twice a month, for a minimum of one year. A Stand in the Gap small group walks with a woman through her transition process, offering encouragement, mentoring, and most importantly, providing prayer support.
Since 1997, less than 10% of women who have completed the entire Stand in the Gap program have returned to incarceration. (Nationally 67% of people who have been incarcerated will return to prison or jail within three years.)