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Bonds Beyond Bars: VOA Texas Mothers & Infants Nurturing Together Program

Step into a unique program helping incarcerated expectant moms in Texas. They join at seven months pregnant, learn about childbirth and parenting, and bond with their babies for three months. Then, they plan for their child’s care with trusted guardians before returning to jail. Explore their inspiring stories of love and resilience. Angelina Rivera Why are you incarcerated? Originally, I was incarcerated for conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine. As of right now, my probation has been revoked, and I am serving a sentence of ten months. How did you learn about the VOA Texas MINT program?  When I knew…

Rising from Adversity: Eddie’s Journey from Forklift Operator to Financial Stability

Unemployment, homelessness, and incarceration made starting over seemingly difficult for Eddie. As a forklift operator his hourly wage was barely enough to get by, let alone save for the future. Unsure of where to begin, Eddie sought support, recognizing the need for a fresh start. With limited confidence and skills, he embarked on a journey that would redefine his life. Eddie’s turning point came with acceptance into the forklift training program at the Volunteers of America Texas Financial Opportunity Center. Determined, he successfully completed the program, earning the esteemed Forklift Operator credential. Yet, the journey didn’t end there. Armed with…

Tammy’s Story

HOME SWEET HOME After surviving domestic violence and other life-altering events, Tammy became homeless. For more than five years, she relied on resources from the Salvation Army and a local women’s center, while living without shelter between the streets and tents. It wasn’t until Tammy was connected with Volunteers of America Texas (VOA Texas) in Conroe that she began to gain back the hope that she had lost. Through VOA Texas, Tammy was able to get connected with The Way Home’s Permanent Supportive Housing resources and begin the process of finding a home of her own. Tammy recently moved into her…

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