Monday, January 19, 2015
Privately funded college classes are starting to creep back into state prisons after being absent for nearly two decades. Supporters say they reduce the recidivism rate and can save money on re-incarceration.
By Katherine Long
Seattle Times higher education reporter
Every week, they slide books through the metal detectors — novels by Virginia Woolf and Jane Austen, copies of the U.S. Constitution, texts on sociology, psychology and comparative religion.
Then dozens of professors and instructors from Washington’s public and private colleges surrender their driver’s licenses and car keys to an armed guard, walk through the detector themselves and pass through a perimeter fence topped by coils of gleaming razor wire.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
AMY FLOWERS UMBLE, The Free Lance-Star Richmond Times-Dispatch
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — The little boy tugged gently on Kathy Anderson’s sleeve. In the middle of a party, Anderson didn’t notice at first.
The 5-year-old tugged again, and Anderson leaned down to talk with him.
“This house is everything I ever wanted,” he said.
Anderson directs Empowerhouse, an agency that helps families fleeing abusive situations. And the boy’s simple statement validated months of work raising money and renovating the house that became the agency’s first transition home.
Monday, November 4, 2013
November 4, 2013
Click Here to see a short video, just under 5 minutes, of the highlights of the Maine State Prison graduation. Doris Buffett’s Sunshine Lady Foundation fully funds this college degree program. Doris believes in the power of education to reduce or eliminate recidivism, and to open up new life choices to these graduates.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
October 8th, 2013, 5:16 pm, BY AMY FLOWERS UMBLE / THE FREE LANCE–STAR
For parents of adult children with disabilities, weddings and vacations often require strategic planning similar to invading Normandy.
When your child is full-grown but requires ’round-the-clock care, you can’t just call the teenager down the street when you need to get away. And if taking a scheduled vacation is tricky, an emergency is formidable. Parents live in fear of a sudden illness, a surgery or a death in the family.
But a new respite home in Stafford County could ease some of that burden, providing parents with a place for their adult children to stay when caregivers need a break for any reason. Read More
Sunday, August 18, 2013
August 18th, 2013, 12:01 am, BY LINDLEY ESTES / THE FREE LANCE–STAR
In December 2004, Shin Fujiyama took his first trip to Honduras and announced that he would eventually open a girls home in the Central American country, no matter how long it took.
On Aug. 9, nearly a decade after the University of Mary Washington grad set that goal—founding Students Helping Honduras in the process—the Villa Soleada Girls Home opened its doors to 12 girls in need. Read More