Letter to the Editor – From Coleen Widell

Dear Editor,
HEAL recently started an outreach program focused on reaching female offenders who are also domestic violence victims.  It is called Advocacy in Corrections.
We are very excited about this program and wanted to thank two local faith leaders who have donated meeting space for the program at their respective churches; Judith Burgess of the Episcopal Church of Lincoln County and Ben Landegent of the Mescalero Reformed Church.
This program is very near and dear to our hearts at HEAL.  The position was created by our Board of Directors when they identified this outreach as part of a goal in our agency’s Strategic Plan for 2014-2016.
Women who have been incarcerated or are on probation or parole are eligible to participate.  Advocacy in Corrections is a free and confidential program.
Thanks to Reverend Burgess and Pastor Landegent, these women are now able to explore their lives, understand the trauma they have endured and plot a healthy path to reintegrate back into the community.

Coleen Widell
Executive Director
 Help End Abuse for Life (HEAL)

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