Women Supporting Women
In the formation of True Beginnings-Divinity House, we have enlisted several agencies and individuals whose missions are inline with that of True Beginnings to provide the necessary professional services needed to assist in the forward movement, healing and growth of the women who chose to become residents.
Each agency and professional volunteers their time and support as a partner, signing a ninety day to six month M.O.U and confidentiality agreement.
All service providers have been carefully vetted and are required to undergo an orientation prior to beginning services.
The partners of True Beginnings range from Trauma Specific Mental Health, Spiritual Healing, AA/NA, Leadership and Personal Style, Nutrition, GED Tutors, Legal Aid, Real Estate Management, Financial experts, and Family Therapists.
True Beginnings has also partnered with medical insurance agencies such as Health Plan of Nevada, Anthem Blue Cross, and Silver Summit to provide the women with such services as transportation, rental assistance, extensive behavior health assistance as well as help with filling prescriptions for medications and eye wear.
Between 1980 and 2014, the number of incarcerated women increased by more than 700%, rising from a total of 26,378 in 1980 to 222,061 in 2014. Women of color, many of them mothers, are overrepresented among those incarcerated at the federal, state, and local levels.
This is the result of more expansive law enforcement efforts, tougher drug sentencing laws, and post-conviction barriers to reentry that uniquely affect women. As a result, women’s rate of incarceration has surpassed men. While there are more men in prison, the total women’s prison population has grown at a rate of 50 percent faster than men.
The overwhelming majority of women in prison are survivors of domestic violence, and more than 60 percent of women in state prisons have a child under the age of 18. Three-quarters have histories of severe physical abuse by an intimate partner during adulthood, and 86 percent have suffered serious physical or sexual abuse as children.
Furthermore, many incarcerated women are criminalized for defending themselves against intimate partner violence and sexual assault. The intersectionality between trauma, sexual assault, domestic violence, and incarceration that thousands of women in America face, known as the sexual assault-to-prison pipeline, is clearly evident and the need for gender-responsive, community-based services could not be greater.
Las Vegas Partnership
As a member of the SAFE Housing Network, True Beginnings brings advocacy to Las Vegas, NV as we aim to strengthen and build solid partnerships with organizations whose missions support dismantling a system that continues to traumatize and punish justice involved individuals.
Joining teams such as PLAN ACTION NETWORK (Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada) as well as Mass Liberation, which focus on deincarceration.
Both projects seeking to transform progressive ideas into policy through rapid response communications, legislative action, grassroots organizing, policy advocacy and partnerships with other progressive leaders and organizations, one of the initiatives directly works to end mass incarceration.
About Our Foundation
Who We Are
True Beginnings, established as a 501(c)3 organization in 2013 in the Hampton, VA region, by a formerly incarcerated woman, Vera Moore, who has a vision of providing other formerly incarcerated women true access to prosperity and equity through wrap-around services such as trauma informed case management, life coaching,
What We Do
True Beginnings addresses trauma in the midst of housing and job readiness, as the first order of business in assisting women through transitioning from incarceration into a productive lifestyle; understanding that 87% of the women who have been incarcerated have withstood some sort of sexual or physical abuse in their lifetime.
How We Do It
Through True Beginning, Women Supporting Women in Crisis campaign, True Beginning believes that peer services is the most effective. True Beginning staffs formerly incarcerated individuals for direct services is an innovative, gender responsive trauma informed approach to re‐entry services. Vera Moore understands that women are
We Have the Power to Impact Our Future, and We’re Doing Something About It
True Beginnings works diligently to bring awareness and address policies that preserve classism, especially as it pertains to recidivism.
While society has focused on the underlined symptoms of incarceration: substance abuse, homelessness, domestic violence, True Beginnings works with local and national organizations to dismantle the systems that perpetuate recidivism within the low to no income communities
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MISSION: We offer a True Beginning to formerly incarcerated women by assisting with overcoming barriers that prevent them from reclaiming their rightful place in American society.
Our Top Priorities
Women Supporting Women in Crisis
“I was the conductor of the Underground Railroad for eight years, and I can say what most conductors can’t say — I never ran my train off the track and I never lost a passenger.”