Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf today announced the opening of an all-new $2 million Women’s Rehabilitation Services Initiative program aimed at giving women the best possible opportunity to succeed in their transition into their community after their incarceration.
“Over 70% of women incarcerated in Pennsylvania prisons are mothers. And when they reenter society, they face the daily struggles of every mother – to balance work, family and life – combined with the reality of integrating into a society that will immediately slap them for their past mistakes,” said the governor. . Wolf. “We see these women, we see their struggle as they stretch to make ends meet, let alone thrive.
“I am grateful to Frances for her dedication to advocating for this funding to happen. Thank you, Frances, for bringing this need to light and bringing this program to life for women in Pennsylvania.
First Lady Wolf secured $2 million for the Women’s Reintegration Services Initiative in Governor Wolf’s final budget. The program is administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD).
“In my past, I served on the board of a women’s transition house in York County, where we stood up for residents as they demanded their lives back to school. It was there that I was introduced to the challenges women returnees face and the importance of community organizations around them,” First Lady Wolf said. “I am proud to announce the launch of the Women’s Rehabilitation Services Initiative, a grantmaking program designed to support nonprofit organizations on the front lines of this work. It is more important than helping women find housing, employment or childcare; it is about restoring dignity.
Funding is available for nonprofit organizations in Pennsylvania that support women to give them the best opportunity to successfully transition to their community and reduce recidivism. Reduced recidivism supports stabilized lives for returning women and their families, reduced costs associated with repeated contact with the local criminal justice system, and safer communities.
Grants of up to $100,000 are available for organizations that will provide holistic reintegration support services to women in Pennsylvania. Eligible projects include the provision of supportive housing, workforce development and employment assistance services, employment readiness support services, access to child care transportation assistance, health care, mental health care, peer support and mentoring, and access to family reunification services. The deadline to apply is October 25, 2022.
Governor Wolf made groundbreaking reforms to Pennsylvania’s criminal justice system during his eight years in office. With a second chance and support to succeed, Pennsylvanians reentering society can improve their economic circumstances and work to benefit their local communities.
Governor Wolf served two terms as a constantly working leader for the people of Pennsylvania. Find out how his priorities for Pennsylvania fueled the return of the Commonwealth, leaving Pennsylvania in a much better place than when he arrived.