International

Supporting women leaving the criminal justice system

October 19, 2020
CWIT_Sharon House 

For women transitioning out of the criminal justice system, safe, affordable housing, as well as access to social services and support, is critical to their success. Since 1997, the Center for Women in Transition (CWIT) in St. Louis, Missouri, has offered comprehensive services to more than 2,300 women. With recent loans from Mercy Partnership Fund and the Religious Communities Impact Fund, CWIT is expanding its supportive housing program, purchasing Sharon House, named in honor of Sharon Schmitz, RSM, one of the organization’s founders. The home provides a long-term residence for up to 24 women.

Beverly, one of Sharon House’s first residents, says, “What going to Sharon House means to me is a chance to be independent again with a little structure, which for a recovering addict and alcoholic that is very important. The positive environment, neighborhood, sober living and the sense of safety and security is so what I need and look forward to. For me it is a wonderful, better way of life and support.” 

Learn more about the work of Center for Women in Transition, one of more than 60 mission-driven organizations in Mercy Partnership Fund’s global community investing portfolio. Learn more here.