What to expect at aph
Upon acceptance to APH, Inc. a woman is welcomed home. At A Peaceful Habitation we evaluate and assess each woman’s needs upon arrival at the home.
We have a resource center available for a woman who wants to study for her GED, improve her typing skills, apply for employment online or just work on her computer skills. If her dream or goal is to continue her education or pursue vocational training, we have contacts and resources at Central NM (CNM) that will help her access scholarships and grants to help with the cost of education.
Even though we do not have the ability to accept women with severe medical or psychiatric or psychological issues, APH has referrals and resources for medical and counseling if a woman so requires.
Because APH is a home, every effort is made to make each woman feel part of the family. She is picked up at the incarcerating facility or the bus stop. She is given a welcome basket, a prayer quilt, a hygiene basket and a bus pass. Hygiene items and bus passes are provided for the first three months at no cost. After a woman finds employment, she is responsible to obtain those items. If it is determined that she still needs assistance, it will be provided.
Each woman is assigned a mentor (sometimes two) and the mentor is informed of her arrival and provided with forms to begin her transition. She is processed (in a non-intrusive manner) into the home and provided with a copy of the daily schedule (making sure she understands that she will be held responsible to participate in all workshops/classes, church attendance, etc.), the policies and procedures (she is encouraged to take the first week to get accustomed to her surroundings and the requirements of the probation and parole department before seeking employment because all the changes can be overwhelming) and resources, etc. Copies of conditions of release are obtained which determine when she will need to see her probation and parole officer. An assessment/evaluation of her needs and skills is completed.
Depending on the woman’s needs, arrangements are made to fulfill those needs. She may need clothing, so she is referred and sometimes taken to My Sister’s Closet or the donation closet at home where clothing is available. A woman has to pay a $200 entrance fee (one-time) and a $400 per month fee (ongoing).
We know everyone does not have money after incarceration, so terms are worked out for the fees to be paid after employment and in a timely manner. Life Skills classes are provided to empower every woman to make wise choices in life, whether those choices are financial, employment, family and definitely spiritual. We have an ordained pastor (retired prison chaplain) available for the women.
We have a resource center that will help those who need a GED or help with resume writing. Because we only have six or less women at a time in the house(s), we can provide individual attention to the needs of the women in their efforts to become an independent person.
APH is blessed to have a very supportive and generous cadre of volunteers who go above and beyond to help the women who come to the home. They also provide special outings and fun activities, which will sometimes include the women’s families. Every woman is required to open a savings account to assist them in preparing for their transition out of APH.
Monthly monitoring determines the progress made by each woman. APH has resources that assist women in obtaining housing and household furnishings if needed after their 6 or 12 month stay. Again, the length of stay is determined by the woman’s progress and on an individual case-by-case basis.
APH serves these Nm Correctional Facilities
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