It is a known fact that most post-incarcerated persons in America face harsh economic hindrances following their release, many confronting the possibility of becoming homeless. According to a December 2003 study by the Vera Institute of Justice with a reference to the 2001 text From Prison to Home by The Urban Institute, at any given time in Los Angeles and San Francisco, 30 to 50 percent of people under parole supervision are homeless. In New York City, nearly 20 percent of persons released will become homeless. Though a direct correlation between incarceration and homelessness is not clear, what is clear is that there is a growing number of women facing these conditions with strategists scrambling discern the various causes. However, as prominently noted with all post-incarcerated persons, many women are denied housing and employment because of their past, leaving them and their children struggling to make ends meet and, possibly, out on the streets and struggling to live. In the Greater Philadelphia Area, these troubling conditions have remained prominent in recent years. One solution is the area's faith-based organization Mothers of Tomorrow (MOT).
Established in October 2007, MOT addresses the social and environmental issues facing post-incarcerated women in the Greater Philadelphia Area. In addition to providing temporary housing for them and their children, MOT provides services that enable women to make better choices in the decisions they make, offering life skill workshops and re-entry services. The women will then be able to identify the decisions that led them to their incarceration and know what future decisions to make to help them break the cycle of imprisonment in their families. The ultimate goal of MOT is to enable women to become empowered by the changes they can make and to no longer feel hindered by the decisions of their past.
For more information on MOT and to find out how to volunteer, please visit the organization's official website.