Developing peer leaders and reducing recidivism through long-term participation in a faith-based program: The story of welcome home ministries

Carmen Warner-Robbins, Mickey L. Parsons

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    Welcome Home Ministries is a faith-based community reentry organization serving women being released from jail and/or prison. Welcome Home's mission is to create a faith-based support system for women from incarceration to productive citizenship. Welcome Home's goal is to reduce recidivism of women ex-offenders who suffer from substance abuse and mental health issues by creating a healthy life focus. Founded by Warner-Robbins in 1996, Welcome Home (WHM) has provided service to more than 300 women per year who have been released from jail or prison into San Diego County communities. The women served usually have few resources and need support to address the lifestyle values and changes that must be confronted to make a successful transition back into the community. The combination of recovery programs, peer services, and early intervention have proven to be effective in assisting the women through the change process. To date, more than 80% of the women we have served have been able to sustain their recovery and avoid additional offenses requiring a return to jail or prison. Welcome Home has helped women go to college, embark on careers in drug and alcohol counseling or nursing, and reunite with their families. Welcome Home provides a healthy supportive environment, within which women who had never made healthy choices for themselves, now assist other women getting out of jail or prison in making healthier decisions for their lives.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)293-305
    Number of pages13
    JournalAlcoholism Treatment Quarterly
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - Jul 1 2010



    • Women
    • alcohol and other drugs
    • faith-based
    • peer leaders
    • reentry

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Medicine (miscellaneous)
    • Psychiatry and Mental health

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