Women Living Free, a newly-formed agency that provided women leaving the Arizona prison system with tools and support to break the recidivism cycle, was having difficulty developing the infrastructure to survive independently. Arizona Women’s Education and Employment, Inc. (now part of A New Leaf, after a later merger funded by Lodestar), a well-established women’s job-training organization that had been providing support to Women Living Free, absorbed the program, with Lodestar underwriting the acquisition costs and the subsequent dissolution of Women Living Free. By integrating the successful Women Living Free program into the strong AWEE infrastructure, AWEE was able to quickly become expert in the field and secure millions of grant dollars for the program.
Grant Amount: $13,000
Year Granted: 2005
Timeframe: Grant awarded over multiple years
Grantee: Arizona Women's Education and Employment, Inc. (now A New Leaf)
Location: AZ - Arizona
Grantee Website: Arizona Women's Education and Employment, Inc. (AWEE)