FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
How many women stay at Redemption House?
We have room for a maximum of 16 women. We would like to take in more women, and even expand to a second house. The court system would love to send more women to Redemption House. But at the moment, we can handle only 16 women.
How long do women stay at Redemption House?
The average is six months. The longest has been 11 months.
What are the women like?
The women range in age from 20 to 50. All have been assigned by the court system, and most are struggling with some type of destructive behavior. The women are grateful to be at Redemption House, recognizing it as a chance for a fresh start.
What do the women do at Redemption House?
All of the women have responsibilities in the house itself—cooking, cleaning, etc. In addition, each resident focuses on career development. We want them to gain the tools necessary to become self-sufficient. We strongly encourage residents to further their education or work fulltime, and want to see this happen within three months of entering the home.
Do the women work outside of Redemption House?
Yes. Every woman is expected to find a job. That’s part of the deal for coming here.
All residents are continually engaged in financial literacy training and job preparation training. This includes one-on-one and group sessions related to such areas as:
- Resume building.
- Interviewing techniques.
- Budgeting and other financial management topics.
- Formal educational coursework.
“I feel that this is my home and I feel safe here when I didn’t anywhere else. I’ve learned to trust again. It’s normal to make mistakes if you learn from them, and I’m learning. I’ve gained a fresh start and a great support system which I’ve never had before.” –Sabrina, 29
Do the women pay to stay at Redemption House?
Yes. They each pay $50 per week toward rent, food, and utilities. This helps prepare them for living on their own and paying market-rate living expenses.
How large is the staff?
In addition to Tomi Cardin, the executive director, we have 8 part-time staff, four volunteer staff, and 5 interns. The house itself is staffed 24 hours a day.
Are all of the women rehabilitated?
Sadly, no. If women fail to live up to the conditions set by the court system or to the standards set by Redemption House, they are released back into the prison system. Sometimes, relapses occur after women return to the families, friends, and circumstances which got them in trouble in the first place. But we rejoice in the many true success stories, and take comfort knowing that lasting seeds have been planted in the lives of these women.
How is Redemption House supported?
Redemption House is an independent ministry which relies on the generosity of others. We partner with churches, local businesses, organizations, city agencies, and numerous individuals to give women a new start in life.