This month our Special Collection and Social Justice Forum will be aligned. (Both will take place on March 8.) Our recipient will be A New Way of Life Reentry Project (ANWOL), and its founder, Susan Burton, will lead our Social Justice Forum in the Lounge at 11:30 after the service. Last year, Ms. Burton was very well-received and had many people approach her after the Special Collection, so we are hoping you will be able to hear her have a longer time to tell her story and answer questions at the Forum.
For a little background on A New Way of Life, it was established in 1998 as a safe house where formerly incarcerated women could find hope and stability after leaving prison. Susan Burton established ANWOL after serving six terms in prison.
From that one house in Watts, ANWOL has expanded to eight homes today. In 2019 71 women and their 59 minor children were served. Its legal clinics provided pro bono services to more than 300 people. ANWOL also provides advocacy on behalf of formerly incarcerated people and leadership development for justice-involved women.
In 2018 ANWOL merged with Harbour Area Halfway Houses. Hoffman House and Holland House retained their names but are now “Projects of A New Way of Life.” UUCLB had been supporting Harbour Area Halfway Houses for many years, and we are happy to now continue our support with A New Way of Life Reentry Project. We are also delighted to be able to host Susan Burton at our March Social Justice Forum.
For more information on ANWOL and Ms. Burton, see 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.”