An area ministry hosted a walk to help women who were recently released from prison.
The Fifth Sparrow Ministry held its 3rd Annual 5K Freedom Fun Run and Walk for Freedom at Mineral Ridge High School’s Joe Lane Stadium Saturday morning. The family friendly event also included food, children’s activities and an auction.
About 250 people showed up this year to help raise funds for Fifth Sparrow’s covenant care home for women leaving prison and re-entering society. Area businesses also helped sponsor the event
The new home is being built in North Jackson and will offer housing for five women at a time for an entire year.
“It takes some profound help when they come out of prison…because otherwise a lot of them are just given a bus ticket and a good luck pat on the back. They’re returning to some of the same lifestyles they had and that’s why the recidivism rate is so great. And, we’re really trying to make a dent in that,” said Eric Whitmer.
The Wisdom House should be up and running within the next year.