When I first heard about the In Her Shoes program I was incarcerated at Baylor Women’s Correctional facility. I was in the 6 for 1 program writing to go to court. Mrs. Webb stood in the prison’s church speaking about her program with me and the rest of the unit. I liked Ms. Webb and the idea of starting off on the right foot when I was released. So, I decided to commit myself to attending the program.
I was released within a week of my first introduction of In Her Shoes and I attended the first Tuesday I was home. We met at the Wilmington Library and I really didn’t know what to expect. I wasn’t quite convinced I would even benefit from this program. I’m grateful I gave this program a chance. I’m also grateful Ms. Webb gave someone like me a chance. Over the next 12 weeks I was able to interact with other women, learn new useful information, and solidify some things I had vague ideas about.
Interacting with these other women was nice because I didn’t feel judged by them because of my past and I was able to open up and be vulnerable. I learned about myself as a woman through the Women’s Health workshop Christiana Care facilitated. I was also able to do different therapeutic activities that helped me learn more about myself on a deeper level. I realize how effective and soothing therapeutic activities can be.
I like being creative and I forgot this part of me over the years. This workshop woke a piece of me up that was buried.
This also helped me realize a lot of personal issues I needed to work on. I am a recovering addict and because of this fact it is vital I’m around other recovering addicts that can help guide me through this process. I met my sponsor at the recovery workshop on one of these Tuesday nights and she is still my sponsor to this day. Another workshop that stands out to me is the Financial workshop where I learned about credit and budgeting. Each one of these workshops has motivated me and shown me to take care of my life in areas such as this.
I take care of my health today and I regularly see a doctor when needed which, I’m ashamed to say at one point I didn't do that. I also take care of my mental health and I regularly see a therapist. I also opened up a checking and savings account and a bank account for my 3 year old son that I put money into for when he gets older. I also opened up a secure card through Wells Fargo as I learned in the financial workshop; it will help my credit if I use it properly.
I pay attention to my credit today and my score has gotten better. It is important to me and I have the support to do so directly from the In Her Shoes program.
I am now working full time with benefits and I am able to better support my son on an emotional and financial level. I have the support from Ms. Webb and the other members from In Her Shoes as well as a couple of the facilitators from the workshops. I appreciate this program and the people who commit their lives to helping people like me. I have been able to obtain a lot through the guidance and support of those involved.
I am forever grateful and I believe programs like this are few and far in between in our area. As I continue to grow I know I will be able to help others as Ms. Webb has helped many of us. I realize how knowledge and support can go a long way and I would like to do for someone what Ms. Webb and the In Her Shoes program has done for me.