OK 1st Beauty school- female prison

$3,240 of $10k goal

Raised by 35 people in 14 months
Christie Luther Downing  MCLOUD, OK
IN CASE YOU DIDN'T KNOW.....OKLAHOMA INCARCERATES MORE WOMEN PER CAPITA THAN ANY OTHER STATE.  Our licensed Master Instructors volunteer to teach the ladies a vocational skill in Cosmetology, prepare them for testing, coach and mentor them, as well as help bridge the gap from the prison gate back into community;  by helping them with job placement assistance, transitional housing, transportation issues, clothing and recovery support.

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections and the Oklahoma State Board of Cosmetology and Barbering both endorse this program and have been supportive in our efforts to establish this school.

This old unused building is going to be re-purposed into Oklahoma's first Beauty College at Mabel Bassett Correctional Center.....and it needs alot of work!!!  Please check out our website.  R.I.S.E. Program (Re-entry Investment/ Student Education) is an official 501c3 non-profit organization.
www.riseprograminc.com

After 2 years, we finally have a building  and it needs serious renovations to make this Oklahoma's first fully functional Beauty College at MBCC  (Mabel Bassett Correctional Center houses nearly 1,300 incarcerated women)  We are excited to re-purpose this unused space for educational purposes which will allow female offenders the opportunity to test at a state level and earn thier Cosmetology license prior to their release.
This educational opportunity  (1 year program) will change 20 qualified women's lives and their children's lives.  These ladies will have the opportunity to stand on their own once they are released and will be changed women, moms, and tax paying citizens.  This will help resolve the ever growing recidivism rate (return to prison) by giving them the tools to live life successfully and eliminating the hopeless thoughts of re-offending.  For some, this will be the only time they have accomplished ANYTHING for themselves.  How amazing it is to witness lives being transformed.
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Update 26
Posted by Christie Luther
1 month ago
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We are on the move and on the RISE
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Update 25
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1 month ago
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We are moving equipment.....we still need a little support in completing our classroom. Every gift helps....thank you!!!
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Update 24
Posted by Christie Luther
3 months ago
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Today Is Giving Tuesday. Please consider giving to our program. We have purchased the counter tops for our work stations. Thanks for the awesome discount from Lowe's. We will paint and install the shampoo bowls this Sunday!!!!! There are still some items we must have in order to get this school opened. Thank you for your generosity and prayers.
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Update 23
Posted by Christie Luther
5 months ago
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Well it has finally happened!!! I am thrilled to announce that D.O.C has begun the building renovations for our new COSMETOLOGY SCHOOL at MBCC!! I was excited to walk in the door and stand in the space dedicated to our new COSMETOLOGY SCHOOL. We still need to raise funds for school and dispensary incidentals, classroom items, and to help meet the needs of the volunteers.
Please know that you donations have been hard at work..we have helped 2 women get their cosmetology license reinstated, established a scholarship program at Central State where we have 1 lady enrolled, we have attended many re-entry events and have enjoyed strong partnerships with many local re-entry groups including: job placement, recovery support, housing, clothing, and transportation.
If you can help us to completion, lives will certainly be changed. We need your help! No donations or gifts are too small and as always, they are tax deductible. Thank you
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Steva Coyle
14 months ago
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Unfortunately i do have the funds to help, but i think this is an amazing idea. I will share this and pray this happens for these women.

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Rose Maria
14 months ago
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Besides financial donations, what else are you in need of? Who would we contact? I know quite a few businesses that may be able to help. Sharing the link. Please let me know.

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Vicky Phan
5 months ago

I'm so excited for these beautiful young ladies whom I've known personally and hope everyone can help them in there dream!!!

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Brittney Simmons
14 months ago

I would donate but no funds right now but i will be praying that you get the funds you need to start it up....

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$3,240 of $10k goal

Raised by 35 people in 14 months
Created January 10, 2016
Christie Luther Downing  
KB
$150
Kyle and Laura Brown
18 days ago

❤️☝️✂️❌⭕️❌⭕️

BM
$100
Bobbi Muth
1 month ago
VF
$100
Venitta Ferguson
1 month ago
NL
$25
Nancy Love-Wilson
1 month ago

Love to be able to partner with you in changing lives!

GM
$10
Gwen Mullins
1 month ago
LS
$25
Lisa Sevier
4 months ago

Love ya

CE
$40
Carrie Elmore
4 months ago
$100
Becky Walters Price
5 months ago

So proud of you for all you do!!! We love you!

VB
$50
Vanessa Blaylock
5 months ago
$25
Anonymous
11 months ago
Steva Coyle
14 months ago
1
1

Unfortunately i do have the funds to help, but i think this is an amazing idea. I will share this and pray this happens for these women.

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Rose Maria
14 months ago
1
1

Besides financial donations, what else are you in need of? Who would we contact? I know quite a few businesses that may be able to help. Sharing the link. Please let me know.

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Vicky Phan
5 months ago

I'm so excited for these beautiful young ladies whom I've known personally and hope everyone can help them in there dream!!!

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Brittney Simmons
14 months ago

I would donate but no funds right now but i will be praying that you get the funds you need to start it up....

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