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Barbra Scrivner thought winning clemency was the hard part. Then she got out.

Barbra Scrivner thought winning clemency was the hard part. Then she got out.

On a sunny day just a few months after she was released from federal prison, Barbra Scrivner drove three blocks from her ranch-style home on a quiet street in Fresno, Calif., to the Walgreens on the corner, tottering on her wedge heels as she got out of the car. After sending out her résumé to dozens of nearby businesses, she had finally landed a job interview, to be a sales associate at the store.

Scrivner clutched her résumé, but she also brought what she considered a secret weapon of sorts: a letter sent by President Barack Obama after he set her free last December. The single sheet was hand-signed — Scrivner moved her fingertips over the signature to check that it wasn’t a copy — and was full of encouragement from the president. She planned to show her interviewer at Walgreens the letter, so he would know she wasn’t just like any other ex-felon fresh out of prison.

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Returning Home -Meet Ms. Venessa Jones

Ms Venessa Jones gives an interview regarding her participation in the Empowering Choices Jail Program at the Tuscaloosa County Jail. She was an active participant. She currently participates in the Empowering Choices Alternative 2 Incarceration community program and serves as a volunteer with the organization. The ECA2I program is a 14 week enrichment program that assist ex-offender women in making a smooth transition back into the community.

Returning Home- Meet Ms. Ty’Wanda Johnson

Ms. Ty’Wanda Johnson was a participant in the Empowering Choices Jail Program at the Tuscaloosa County Jail in Tuscaloosa Al. She was an attentive student and applied the materials that she learned. She is currently participating in the Empowering Choices Alternative 2 Incarceration Community Program in Tuscaloosa . The program is a 14 week Skills enrichment program aimed to assist ex offenders in making a smooth transition back into the community.

Celebrate International Pretty Brown Girl Day Feb 22nd 2014

pretty brown girl

 Woman2Woman Empowerment is a proud to be a corporate sponsor of this wonderful event. We are helping to change YOUNG lives for the better. Look for a celebration of International Pretty Brown Girl Day  in your area and get involved and celebrate a pretty brown girl today.    Take the pledge at any age to love and respect yourself . Click the link below to download the pledge.

Embrace what makes YOU Unique

“When I started my music career, I was a maid. I used to clean houses. My mother was a proud janitor. My stepfather, who raised me like his very own, worked at the post office and my father was a trashman. They all wore uniforms and that’s why I stand here today, in my black and white, and I wear my uniform to honor them.This is a reminder that I have work to do. I have people to uplift. I have people to inspire. And today, I wear my uniform proudly as a Cover Girl. I want to be clear, young girls, I didn’t have to change who I was to become a Cover Girl. I didn’t have to become perfect because I’ve learned throughout my journey that perfection is the enemy of greatness.

Embrace what makes you unique, even if it makes others uncomfortable.” – Janelle Monáe

#PARENTS If you have little girls, please read this speech:</p> <p>"When I started my music career, I was a maid. I used to clean houses. My mother was a proud janitor. My stepfather, who raised me like his very own, worked at the post office and my father was a trashman. They all wore uniforms and that’s why I stand here today, in my black and white, and I wear my uniform to honor them.</p> <p>This is a reminder that I have work to do. I have people to uplift. I have people to inspire. And today, I wear my uniform proudly as a Cover Girl. I want to be clear, young girls, I didn’t have to change who I was to become a Cover Girl. I didn’t have to become perfect because I’ve learned throughout my journey that perfection is the enemy of greatness.</p> <p>Embrace what makes you unique, even if it makes others uncomfortable." - Janelle Monáe

Woman2Woman Empowerment featured in Campus Newspaper

1998 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

1998 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We live in Tuscaloosa Alabama. Home of the Crimson Tide Football team. Roll Tide!!! Woman2Woman Empowerment is featured in the Crimson White Newspaper for  July 31. I was more than pleased with the article. Please follow the link and let me know what you think

http://issuu.com/thecrimsonwhite/docs/07.31.13/11?e=0

West Texas sunrise near Fritch,TX

West Texas sunrise near Fritch,TX (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

New Beginnings,

I am so excited about the Empowering Choices Ex-offender Aftercare Program beginning in Tuscaloosa. God has impressed this ministry on my heart. We have operated the program in one form or another in Maryland and in Texas. Our goal is to assist women who want to have a better and different life experience. I am so honored that God would decide to use me in this way.

I know all about second chances. I have needed and required so many chances to get it “right”. I believe everyone should be given as many chances as they are willing to work for. Who are we to judge how long it should take a person to see the light. How long did it take you? Maybe you still are not there. I believe that the women that God will end our way will be willing to put in the work to change their lives. Believe me ,no one wants to live a defeated life. I saw a commercial on TV that says that talked about a maybe life. If you are not living with all that God desires for you, then you may be living a maybe life.

Change is not possible without the help of the Lord. We think we do it ourselves in our naïve self, but it is through the workings of the Lord Jesus.

The program is scheduled to open May 7th in Tuscaloosa, Al. God has blessed us to collaborate with the Parks and Rec Dept. He has blessed us with the grace to wait for His provision and his promise. Thank you Lord.

We solicit your prayers for and with us. Pray for the women whose lives will be changed. Pray that they are tenacious about being whom and what God created them to be.

 

Be Blessed and remember,

Go Get It  Go Get Your Blessing

Rejuvenated,Reenergize,Recommitted

Woman2Woman EmpowermentRejuvenated,Reenergize,Recommitted.

Greetings and Salutations,

I am not sure when I start using that opening but I love it. Any Who

I have titled this post Rejuvenated,Reenergize,Recommitted.

That is exactly how I  feel.  I am the founder and director of an organization called Woman2Woman Empowerment . We work with women returning to the community from incarceration. I never thought I would love this type of work, but I do. I love to see the light go on in a woman’s eyes when she realizes she can have better than she does now. I love helping them to move forward in a new direction. I love the look of accomplishment when they succeed in areas that they had previously failed. It is so rewarding. One of my dreams for this organization has been to open a empowerment house . This would be a place for them to stay when they return. The House would be a wrap around type service for them. I can see it being done here in Tuscaloosa, Al. So excited. God has been moving behind the scenes. Putting me in touch with some powerful people in reentry circles. I am so grateful and amazed.

Om May  7th 2013, we will launch the first segment of our Empowering Choices program. We will begin the aftercare support group and the mentoring program. We are actively seeking mentors who live in Tuscaloosa for the one to one portion. But we are also seeking mailbox mentors. We need people,( women for now) who would be willing to encourage an inmate that is currently incarcerated. You do not have to live in AL. You can live anywhere and participate.  No personal info(address or such) are exchanged. If you think you might be interested in such an endeavor contact the office mentoring@empoweringlivesusa.com .  We are also seeking volunteers for the office and  coordinators. Before you write us ,pray about it. It does require at least a 6 month committment.

You might read this and think that criminals deserve what they get. That is not my argument. what you might want to remember is that these women nd men will get out of jail one day. They will be moving into your neighbor hoods and cities. You should want to help get them on a path to being productive members of society. If they are not rehabilitated and redirected , they will revert back to criminal activity. Their criminal activity might just involve you. It is in the  society best interest to help them all we can. And truth be told you have a family member , a friend or some acquaintance that has a direct connection to an ex-offender.  For the protection of your stuff support the organizations and agencies that are working with reentry and rehabilitation.

God is doing great things in the earth today. Find out what He is doing and join him.