Women's Foundation Grant
Transitional Options for Women (TOFW)
$94,200 to support the only organization in Roanoke providing gender-specific re-entry programming and transitional housing for female ex-offenders. Working with local and regional jails, TOFW staff meets participants on the day of their release and brings them to the TOFW house. Each participant is assessed to determine risks and needs. TOFW is an 8- step program focused on employment and permanent housing. Participants receiving training in life skills, conflict management, job readiness, financial literacy, self-care, mental health and substance abuse recovery, personal development and self-awareness. RWF funds will cover the salary of an Aftercare Coordinator and an Emergency Assistance fund to meet unexpected needs once participants move into independent living. The closest facility serving previously incarcerated women is over 250 miles away, in Newport News, VA, and it offers a limited number of beds serving a great demand.