“They’ve walked that walk,” said Francois Cardinal, executive director of Stand in the Gap Ministries. “They in turn have gotten out, turned their lives around and so when they walk into these facilities, they are a walking representation of hope.”
Last year, more than 2,400 women were affected by the course, Cardinal said. The classes focus on core issues the women will grapple with and how to successfully transition out of prison or jail and stay out.
Every member of the group brings a different life experience and perspective and different pearls of wisdom they can share, Cardinal said. As volunteers support the client and pray for her, they also share their own challenges. Volunteers commit to meeting at least twice a month for a year.