It's like being "halfway home."
Since 1996, Gainesville's "House of Hope" has provided men coming out of prison with a stable, faith-based home as they make the transition into life without bars.
The ministry has now expanded- serving women.
"Somebody's gotta help them, they need a second start," said Carolyn McCray, who lives down the block from the hope house.
The humble East Gainesville home is in high demand, according to Director Jennifer Smith.
"We're getting letters by the dozens already," she said.
For now only five women will be picked to live at the home.
"We will take anyone out of incarceration, whether that's federal, prison, state prison, or even the county jail, all throughout the state of Florida," she said.
The transitional prison ministry helps ex-cons get back on their feet.
"We will teach life skills, we'll teach computer skills, how to fill out resumes, how to fill out applications, even how to dress appropriately," she said.
The women will live at the home for six months, with all lessons rooted in faith.
"We will disciple out of the Christian bible and I believe with all of my heart, that that's exactly what's going to keep these ladies, on track and with great purpose," she said.
Local churches, businesses, and volunteers are behind the mission, but it's up to the women to stay.
"This is the House of Hope, but it also gives me hope that people really do want to change, it's not just hear-say, they want to change," said Smith.
Smith says they're in the process of interviewing applicants and hope to have the house filled by June.
She says very little would keep someone from being accepted, but sex offenders can't stay there because it's too close to a school.
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