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Why Not Prosper What It Does – Helps formerly incarcerated women Budget – $627,000 Founded – 2001
How would you fare if you exited prison and needed to restart your life? The first thing you’d learn is that in Pennsylvania, there are 500 different legal and regulatory consequences to a criminal conviction, including employment and housing barriers, penalties and fines. Little wonder that nearly 60 percent of women who are released from prison will be rearrested. As a formerly incarcerated person who once experienced addiction, Michelle Anne Simmons understands this on a personal level. She has poured the lessons she learned in rebuilding her own life into Why Not Prosper, a grassroots nonprofit that provides a menu of services to help women stay out of jail, including help with finding employment, securing transitional housing, and reuniting with their children. Why Not Prosper’s goal: for formerly incarcerated women to become economically self-sufficient and contributing members of society. Get involved: why-not-prosper.org.