A new transitional program is looking to make a difference in the lives of women leaving out of jail.
It's one step closer to reality as Dorothy Owsley climbs the stairs at the place she hopes will be the Transitional Options for Women. It's a place of rehabilitation for women with a troubled past, who are looking to turn things around.
“People fail to realize that those people could be any of us in any given situation and they fail to realize that,” said organizer Owsley.
Owsley says through her line of work she sees a lot of women who want to get their lives back on track. But with little to no resources and sometimes the lack of family support, their future can be bleak.
“My philosophy in life, that if your days starts off wrong; if you can't start off in an environment that you're safe; you can breathe; you don't have to look over your shoulder. It's only going downhill,” said Owsley.
She says the purpose of the program is to give women everything they need to get on the right path. It means helping them with job placement and emotional support. She says there isn't a facility like this for women in the area.
“If they don't have an addiction; they don't have children specifically; if they don't have someone beating them up 24-7 they don't have nowhere to go,” said Owsley.
Owsley is currently trying to have the home rezoned by the city. Women in the program will be on probation or parole and will be referred.
“They have a place where they can get a hot meal, a place where they can get clean clothes, a place where they can get spiritual reinforcement,” said Owsley.
It's a place that will bring women one step closer to a new future.