Life’s Work: How A Journey Through Addiction Led One Woman To Her Purpose

By Grace Gay Each one, teach one. Today, LaToya W.’s motto is “Each one, teach one,” meaning that every person should pay forward what they learn from others. She has spent the last decade doing just that as an Interim Housing Associate at Lincoln Park Community Services, working for the homeless community, after she herself had been homeless. Things were...

 The Tool Box for Life: Finding Good in the World

By Grace Lemon “If you put good in, good is going to come back to you.”  On July 27th, two of WIND’s volunteers sat down for a phone interview with 72-year-old Linda G. We spoke to her about her experience with the criminal justice system and the support systems that have helped her stay out of prison after she had...

Community Creates Change: Former Grace House Resident Speaks To Importance Of Connection

Lisa R. has faced many challenges but her life shows the incredible influence that community can have on you. She says in particular that “Everyone needs to heal from something, but people don’t know how to heal themselves.” Healing yourself is nearly impossible; Lisa needed a community to help her find that growth. Formerly a resident of Grace House, a...

Welcome to WIND

Welcome to WIND’s blog! WIND, or Women Initiating New Directions, is a non-profit focused on providing the tools to help women who have been incarcerated build a different future for themselves – a direction and focus that keep them from returning to prison and help them strengthen communities. Our goal as an organization is to support women in their transition...