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Women Helping Women: The Key to Successful Re-Entry

By Penny Hirsch and Barbara Shwom “Women helping women” was a key theme in Northwestern University’s March 3 online program “Voices Across Time: Sharing Women’s Experiences of Re-entry.” This program, hosted by Northwestern’s Block Museum as part of the school’s “One Book One Northwestern” focus, was co-sponsored by Women Initiating New Directions (WIND).  The 2020-2021...

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Staying Positive and Being Right Where She Needs to Be

By Brooklyn Martner Denise has faced many obstacles throughout her life, but her strength and resilience shine through each and every day, and she is currently fourteen years sober. Denise is a fifty-five-year-old mother of two and grandmother of four who took advantage of all the resources available to her to turn her life around...

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 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...

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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...