Stephany is a 25-year-old single mother of an active, fun-loving, five-year-old daughter. She had been in an abusive relationship that ended with her leaving. Shortly after that, due of several health issues, she lost her job and was unable to work. She and her daughter lived with her parents until they returned to their native country of the Dominican Republic.
During this time Stephany was involved in an unhealthy friendship that led to her incarceration for 3-1/2 months. Her daughter lived with her aunt in Florida until she was released from prison.
Fortunately, Stephany was referred to Lenara Porter, program coordinator for Beth Shalom. The same day she spoke with Lenara, she moved into Beth Shalom where she has lived for three months.
Stephany has been intentional in removing the negative influences in her life. She has healthy friendships with other participants at Beth Shalom, and she has a strong relationship with God. She participates in Bible study and life skill classes, is working on her GED, is looking for a job, and is searching for daycare for her daughter.
Looking back, Stephany says, “I prayed a lot, and my prayers were answered. God brought Lenara into my life. My faith gave me a new start.”
Stephany is grateful for Beth Shalom and the opportunity that she was given to reunite with her daughter and rebuild her life. Looking toward her daughter's future, Stephanie hopes that she will get a good education, achieve her goals, be happy, and have a good heart.
Beth Shalom's mission is to end prison recidivism by providing a comprehensive Christian interim housing program for single mothers leaving prison, where they can reunite with their children and be empowered with the skills and opportunities necessary for long-term self-sufficiency.