Patsy's Place Transitional Home
Opened February 1, 2011
Patsy Britting was one of the driving forces behind Sharing Hope when the ministry was first established in 1999. Patsy was passionate about witnessing to incarcerated women and reflected God’s love through her actions. Patsy dreamed that one day additional support would be available to assist these women once they returned to our community.
Patsy's Place Transitional Home is now open!! To see the construction of Patsy's Place from beginning to the end, click: Patsy's Place Video
100% of the decorations were donated by area businesses and individuals. We are overwhelmed by the support from the Amarillo Community!!
Our goal is to provide a safe and stable Christian environment for women who have been active with Sharing Hope while incarcerated and have shown a desire to change their lives through a relationship with Christ. For the women who reside at Patsy’s Place, they will learn a new way of life. In addition to Bible studies, the women will have classes on life skills and cognitive thinking. The program at Patsy’s Place will provide participants with the skills, support and self-esteem necessary to re-enter our communities as competitive workers able to live independently, clean and sober.
To apply, an applicant must write an application request to our office, and we will start the application process. The address to write to is:
Sharing Hope Ministry
c/o Patsy's Place
PO Box 7160
Amarillo, TX 79114
The Christ-centered program is very intensive and structured. The participants will be in the program for 9 months to 1 year. It is for women only giving each woman a chance to get on her feet and learn how to be a contributing member of the community.
Why is Patsy’s Place Needed?
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice reports that without any assistance, nearly 70% of women will re-offend within 18 months of their release. However, if these women receive and participate in a faith-based program while incarcerated and in a faith- based aftercare program upon release, the recidivism rate has been reported to be as low as 38%.
The incarcerated woman is typically a single mother, with little education and few job skills. Often times, she is recovering from an addiction and her incarceration is a direct result of her chemical dependency. Over half of the women in prison have suffered from either physical or sexual abuse, which in most cases occurred when they were children. Upon release from prison, these women may struggle to find a stable home that they can transition to. Unfortunately, most of these women are released back into a community where they are ill-equipped to start a life free from drugs and crime. Statistics show that these women will return to crime if they cannot cope any other way.
Many ex-offenders have already made the internal changes through establishing a relationship with God and truly desire to become a new person through Him. However, even those with the deepest commitment will endure the hardships of being released into a failing system. Sharing Hope Ministry’s goal is to give women the resources to live a positive and productive life through Christ.