The Ladies of Hope Ministries is working to end the crisis of poverty and incarceration of women and girls. We offer safe housing, reentry support, and advocacy programs that are grounded in the lived experiences, insights, and ideas of people with direct, lived experience with the criminal justice system. The LOHM was founded, and is led, operated by, and serves primarily women of color who understand the value and importance of new approaches to addressing behaviors that may arise as responses to trauma and violence.
The women we meet every day have a variety of service needs that range from basic survival such as safe shelter and food, employment and long-term sustainability in the community, and spiritual and existential needs.
Our Vision is EPIC – Ending Poverty and Incarceration of Women and Girls – and we address this crisis through our interrelated core mission program areas:
Angel Food Delivery Service
Pathways 4 Equity
Advocacy & Engagement
Faces of Women Imprisoned
The Staff and Board of Directors
LOHM understands the value of proximate leadership. Our core team includes formerly incarcerated leaders and others with first-hand lived experience in the fields in which we work.
We pair this lived experience with technical and professional expertise, allowing us to address structural inequities that prevent the advancement of solutions developed by people closest to the communities being served.
Our staff's strong networks in their respective fields have allowed the LOHM to have an outsized impact with a small team.
We are entrepreneurs. At our core, we believe that reducing barriers and creating opportunities are often the most direct path towards true self-sufficiency and independence.
We are unstoppable. The barriers that our participants face can seem insurmountably high, but our staff model success and demonstrate what is possible when we pair access to opportunity with commitment and perseverance
THE LOHM STAFF
Digital Communications Manager
Starling Thomas has been impacted by the criminal legal system by witnessing her mother brutally beat at the hands of police as a child and then being wrongfully incarcerated as an adult. She appealed her case while incarcerated and is part of the 2% of the American prison population that wins their federal case on appeal.....
EPIC Program Manager
Tonja Honsey is a revolutionary mother, an incarceration survivor, and a community healer. She has worked as a grassroots organizer since 2003. She uses her lived experience to advocate for the change that is needed to restore our communities from the trauma of mass incarceration....