The Lilac House is a project of Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE). We house and help formerly incarcerated women gain the skills and confidence necessary to be productive and independent members of society.
About 1,550 women are released from New York State (NYS) prisons each year. They are disproportionately women of color, poor and low-income women, mothers to young children, and survivors of violence and trauma. Countless of these women have encountered little assistance accessing housing and other resources that would enable them to truly rebuild their lives after incarceration. As a result, many wind up in unsafe environments– a cycle likely to lead to re-incarceration.
The Lilac House is based in Westchester County, New York, home to two of New York State's three prisons for women. Much like other areas throughout the state, Westchester County lacks enough supportive services for formerly incarcerated women.
Your contribution to The Lilac House's Race to $75,000 Fundraiser will provide core support for our Safe Refuge program and allow us to implement a Workforce Development Initiative, which will give the women we serve an opportunity to secure gainful employment on their way to independence.
Our mission is to help formerly incarcerated women successfully re-enter the community and address trauma and other individual needs in a supportive environment of reentry professionals and mentors with shared experience.
For more information about The Lilac House, visit www.thelilachouse.org.
The Lilac House is a project of Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE), a non-profit public charity exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The mission of Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE) is to empower, encourage, and catalyze projects so that we can collaborate and facilitate progressive change in areas of social and environmental justice. Our projects provide constructive innovations at grassroots levels and long-term cultural transformation to create a more socially just and environmentally sustainable world. For more information, visit www.saveourplanet.org.
The Lilac House is also a member of the Sisterhood Alliance for Freedom &
Equality (SAFE) Housing Network, established by A New Way of Life Reentry
The SAFE Housing Network is a national collective of formerly incarcerated people working to decarcerate the US by bringing people home to stay, helping them to heal from the trauma of incarceration, and empowering them to lead in the fight to end mass incarceration. For more information, visit www.anewwayoflife.org/safe-housing-network