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Overcoming Barriers

Overcoming Barriers Alyssa* embraces her 18-month-old son outside the prison walls for the first time. Tears of joy and fear course down her cheeks. For months, Jonah’s Journey social workers and her son’s caregivers have assisted her as she mapped out a plan for rebuilding her life. Now Alyssa is encountering the reality of living […]

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Jonah’s Journey wins 2018 Most Improved Player

Big Payback Recap Balloons filled the air and social media channels buzzed with excitement on May 2, 2018 as the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee kicked off its annual Big Payback event. For Jonah’s Journey, the day culminated months of extensive planning. Mark Taylor, Vice President of Jonah’s Journey, spotted the possibilities of the event […]

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Supporter Spotlight: Kerri Sowell Uses Nursing Skills for Jonah’s Journey

Kerri Sowell remembers fondly when Jonah’s Journey was in its beginning stages. As a trusted nurse, she was called to help Jonah when he had a cough. After that moment, Kerri began fielding more phone calls with questions from caregivers and birthmothers. When Jonah’s Journey officially launched in 2008, Kerri fondly remembers sitting in a […]

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New State Laws Ease Restrictions on Employment for Residents with Criminal Past

The majority of Americans skim over the little black box on employment applications that asks applicants to mark if they have a criminal history. For the nearly one-third of Americans with a criminal record, however, this one question causes hesitation. For a woman anticipating release from the Tennessee Prison forWomen and reunification with the infant […]

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Soaring Nashville Housing Market Leaves Crisis for Women with Criminal Record

For homeowners in Nashville, Tennessee, the current Nashville housing market offers an incredible return on their investment. For mothers in Nashville who placed a child with Jonah’s Journey while they completed a prison sentence, the market offers a major barrier to creating a stable life with their child. In 2017, Zillow ranked Nashville as the […]

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Respite Caregivers Provide Support to Newly Released Mothers, Full-Time Caregivers

Rosie McClurkan laughs as she talks about the disparity between her long-time career as an auditor for the Tennessee Department of Revenue and her weekend work as a respite caregiver for Jonah’s Journey. Despite the vast differences, both areas prove to be fulfilling and fruitful. “If I can do this, anybody can do this,” says […]

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Jonah’s Journey is Participating in The Big Payback

The Big Payback annual giving day is returning on Wednesday, May 2, and Jonah’s Journey is excited to take part in this monumental event. The Big Payback, hosted by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, is a community-wide giving day that celebrates Middle Tennessee’s spirit of generosity and supports the life-changing work of area nonprofits. Kicking […]

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What Happens After Incarceration

Just as every mother’s path to Jonah’s Journey is different, so is her path when her incarceration ends. Many women leave incarceration with nothing at all – no clothes, home, money, job, or support system. With help from Jonah’s Journey, she will have her most basic needs met, love and support from a team, and […]

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How Jonah’s Journey Brings Hope for Families of Opioid Crisis

If you do a quick internet search of “opioid use and foster care crisis,” you’ll find page after page of articles lamenting the children whose families and safety have become casualties of the rise in opioid addiction that has recently been declared a national crisis. Startling statistics detail the increased need for foster care corresponding […]

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Meet Allyson, Jonah’s Journey Caseworker

Meet Allyson Greene, Jonah’s Journey Caseworker. Allyson officially joined the Jonah’s Journey staff in 2014, but Jonah’s Journey has been a part of her own story for many years.  When she was a teen, her family became among the first to get involved with the ministry as voluntary caregivers to children in need. As such, […]

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