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Concert highlights new social-service program

Posted: October 4, 2012 - 12:03am

A Saturday musical event will introduce plans to create a home for women coming out of prison in Southeast Alaska.

Juneau vocalist Sherry Patterson will perform during the evening of singing and worship, which runs from 6:30-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6th, at the Juneau Christian Center, next to the Fred Meyer store.

Haven House’s board of directors will also speak about the program, which was recently awarded a grant from the Juneau Community Foundation. The program is supported by a number of different churches in Juneau.

Longtime prison volunteer Ellen Campbell said many women released from incarceration need help with substance abuse and other problems to avoid recidivism.

“To successfully mainstream into society, women need a safe haven where they can focus on healing their lives,” she said. “The safe haven we hope to construct will address those issues while providing safe shelter.”

Once built, the program will offer counseling, life skills training and employment coaching.

“To foster self-sufficiency, the women will share in the chores and responsibilities of communal living and will be provided food and shelter for up to a year,” according to its list of goals.

Haven House describes itself as “a faith-based organization providing supported and structured living opportunities to foster healing and self-sufficiency.”

The nonprofit program does not require a church affiliation or statement of faith for admission.

More information is available by writing Haven House Juneau, P.O. Box 20875, Juneau, AK, 99802.

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