(MURFREESBORO) A new beginning started Monday evening for the DOORS OF HOPE graduating class of 2019.
Family, friends, and community members gathered as the nine recipients stepped forward and were presented their certificates.
"These women have met benchmarks in recovery, in good standing with the program, have maintained employment, maintained good and lawful conduct and are giving back to Doors of Hope."
The local program started in 2011 at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center. It is a re-entry initiative for the incarcerated and those being released from incarceration.
Having started as a teaching endeavor in the Rutherford County Correctional Work Center with 12 students, one unpaid teacher and 4 volunteers, the agency has expanded services to include 5-days a week education and transition planning in each of Rutherford County's correctional facilities.
The Doors of Hope offers a re-entry to society program that lasts for up to 120 days. Students, who are non-violent offenders, learn about personal values, responsibility, and practical life skills for life after prison.
Doors of Hope operates at 428 East Bell Street. For more information, visit their website: www.opendoorsofhope.org