New beginning for ex-offenders

April Riggs, Executive Director of Sharing Hope Ministry, Inc.
April Riggs, Executive Director of Sharing Hope Ministry, Inc.

Elise Preston
NewsChannel 10

AMARILLO, TX - A new transitional house for women recently released from prison, opens up in town.

Patsy's Place Transitional Home is located on West 7th and is the first home of its kind in Amarillo to cater to women who were incarcerated. According to administrators, The bulk of women released from jail will re-offend within a year and a half. They hope Patsy's Place will help cut down on those statistics and bring more success stories to the area.

"A typical woman who has been incarcerated, she doesn't have very much education, she doesn't have a lot of job skills.Unfortunately, most of these women come from abusive situations. For these women to truly make a change in their lives, we feel like its the relationship with Christ that helps, and they need a safe environment where they can learn these life skills." said April Riggs, Executive Director of Sharing Hope Ministry, Inc.

The home will house about 12 women at a time. Those women will attend counseling, life skill classes and bible study for nine months to a year. Patsy's Place is an entity of Sharing Hope Ministry, a prison ministry in town. The Christian organization has worked since 2006 to get the doors of Patsy's Place open. All the money to do so, was raised through donations and grants.

If you would like to donate to Patsy's Place, click here.