In 2018 A New Way of Life Reentry Project merged with Harbour Area Halfway Houses. Harbour will come under the umbrella of A New Way of Life, but its two houses will retain their names — Hoffman House and Holland House — as “Projects of A New Way of Life.” The merger is also in keeping with A New Way of Life’s stated goal of helping other organizations and individuals replicate its model.
“This merger continues the dream of Dorothy Hoffman when she bought the first house with the help of the Long Beach Council of Churches over 45 years ago: a vision of a safe place for women to recover from the trauma of the criminal justice system, substance abuse, and domestic violence,” says Barry Rubin, treasurer of the board of trustees for Harbour Area Halfway Houses, Inc. [and member of UUCLB] “We are thrilled that A New Way of Life has picked up the torch to empower women who are returning to their rightful places in the community. Indeed, Susan Burton herself is a testament to positive change, to passion and to bettering the future and is therefore a most worthy inheritor and guardian of both Hoffman House and Holland House.”
After serving six terms in prison, Susan Burton established A New Way of Life in 1998 as a safe house where formerly incarcerated women could find hope and stability after leaving prison. From that one house in Watts, ANWOL has expanded to seven homes and now employs 29 people. It has served more than 1,000 women and their children, and its legal clinics have helped more than 3,000 community members clean up their records. A New Way of Life also provides advocacy on behalf of formerly incarcerated people and leadership development for justice-involved women. For more information, see their Web site at anewwayoflife.org.
Our special collection is taken on the second Sunday of the month, but you may donate to A New Way of Life Reentry Project before the last day of the month by marking your envelope of check with “Special Collection” and “New Way of Life”.