Leslie Brown had few resources when she was released from an Illinois prison. She soon returned to prison to motivate and inspire other women with the message that it is possible to start over.
In 1994, she opened up her own home and started Leslie's Place to provide a home and support for women who, like her, were re-adjusting to society.
Since it's founding, Leslie's Place has provided a safe home, clothing, training, counseling and support for more than 1,000 women.
But in 2018, Leslie’s Place was foreclosed without her knowledge
and last week, she saw that the house her staff and the women in the program currently occupy is up for sale. Now the woman who has helped hundreds of others needs help saving her non profit.All donations will go towards helping Leslie buy her home back, so she can continue her extraordinary work
helping formerly incarcerated women reenter society.
Testimony from women who have lived in Leslie’s Place:
"I realize now living in two other sober homes, Leslie's Place was the best. Not the building, not the neighborhood. I have lived in two nicer houses in nicer neighborhoods. But the care and programs. AA meetings, bible study, church together on Sunday. It was far better for keeping me safe."
Another resident wrote to Leslie: "You inspire me to do the right things, to make the right choices, and decisions."
While more than half of ex-inmates in Illinois are re-incarcerated within three years after their release, 89 percent of Leslie's Place residents never return to prison.
More information about Support Advocates for Women: To provide transitional housing and other supportive services to improve the quality of life for women who are incarcerated and/or recently released from incarceration.