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In the News: Rwanda Entrepreneurial Model Gives Hope to New Jersey Women Ex-Offenders
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This recent article published in The Huffington Post provides an overview of the Same Sky program offered at the Most Excellent Way Life Center in New Jersey. Rwanda Entrepreneurial Model Gives Hope to New Jersey Women Ex-Offenders describes how the Same Sky model is providing employment and a sense of purpose for female ex-offenders.Rwanda

From the article:

  • Rev. Gloria Walton, founder of Most Excellent Way, gives female ex-offenders a fighting chance. She provides a supportive, sober, and emotionally nourishing space in which these women can live, and pick up the pieces of their lives.
  • Working is critical for Most Excellent Way women.  Many owe significant fines, court fees and 85% of female ex-offenders have children to support
  • In Rwanda, Same Sky provides employment for HIV+ women genocide survivors as artisans to craft beautiful jewelry.
  • The Sam Sky model helps fill the employment and income need at the Most Excellent Way. Their income is more than just a check. Beading is calm and meditative, the opposite of the chaos of the street. They also feel a sense purpose, because their work helps the women in Rwanda.

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Posted Tue, Apr 7 2015 7:27 AM by Susan Powell
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