COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) – A woman is dedicating her life’s work to helping others get second chances. She is looking for help to take this effort to a much higher level.
“We are a non-profit organization serving women coming out of long-term incarceration,” said Lindsay Holloway, founder of This Is Living Ministries in Cookeville. “The house we are currently in is for women aged 12 to 18 months. We train and train them to reintegrate into society.”
There is training in money management, interviewing, learning the marketable skills they have by teaching crafts and gardening and much more.
The program is the pride of Lindsay and her husband, a couple who have reason to believe in this mission to give others another chance.
“Twelve years ago I was charged with aggravated burglary for breaking into homes,” she said. “I was also facing federal charges for possession of stolen weapons. I still cry thinking I got to that point I wanted to kill myself. I thought I was so useless I thought the world would be a better place. without me.”
Lindsay said she returned to her community of Cookeville after a life-changing experience on The Next Door program. Her husband was also able to spend his time in prison. Both know the challenges that come after, like struggling to even find a place to rent.
“People said things about both of us that we wouldn’t stand for,” Lindsay said. “We’ve had over 30 women who have gone through the program that we’ve led to new lives.”
Lindsay said it was time to take her efforts to a new level. She hopes to purchase about 20 acres of land to expand her program for incarcerated women. Her hopes for the land include apartments for women that no one will rent and a community center.
“I wish I had another home where women who get custody of their children can learn how to be mothers to their children,” Lindsay added.
Lindsay said her life’s work is helping people understand that people can grow and change.
“If you see a woman who is recovering and in a program, give her a chance,” she said. “I was so grateful to have had a chance. All it takes is one person to do it.”
If you would like to participate in the fundraising effort, go here.