Hope for Women in Prison
The Ministry of Hope is a community-funded chaplaincy program which raises funds to employ on-site chaplains at Western (formerly Swannanoa) Correctional Center for Women (WCCW) in Swannanoa, NC. Our chaplains conduct religious services in the center's chapel and provide pastoral care and spiritual guidance to the inmates. Their guidance and leadership are crucial to helping these women, many of whom struggle with addiction, abuse, and grief issues. The women at WCCW are within five years of release or parole. Our chaplains offer them a sense of hope and real-world self-care tools to manage parenting, relationships, and employment with discernment and spiritual maturity.
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As the sole source of funding for the interfaith chaplaincy program at Western Correctional Center for Women, Ministry of Hope nurtures a safe space for residents to foster personal transformation, inspire future growth, and uncover the potential for new beginnings.
"Having benefited from Ministry of Hope’s gifts of authentic connection, genuine belonging and deep healing, participants are empowered to create a better life for themselves and contribute positively to their communities."
The Women Speak
“When I went to prison I thought my life was over. The chaplain helped me to understand my new life had just begun.”
“The chapel was the one place I could go to cry, and sometimes I just need to cry a lot.”
“The chaplain was able to see and hear what I did not want to. Listening to her may have saved my life.”
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ATTENTION Ministry of Hope Supporters: Special Note of Appeal
Beginning in March of 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NC Department of Public Safety suspended all volunteer programs at SCCW - these suspended programs include all volunteer-led religious services, classes and meetings. Currently (July 2021), programs and access to SCCW for volunteers is still not available. However, our MOH chaplains are not considered volunteers, therefore they have been allowed to minister to the residents and staff of SCCW during this entire COVID-19 heightened time of anxiety and separation, making your support even more critical.
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