The Word Among Us

Lent 2022 Issue

A Chance to Start Over

Patty’s Place Is More Than a Transitional Housing Program

By: Hallie Riedel

A Chance to Start Over: Patty’s Place Is More Than a Transitional Housing Program by Hallie Riedel

This time was totally different, Holly explained. Not like other times she tried to “start again” and then quickly fell back into her old way of life. This time a Catholic friend and fellow inmate invited her to prison ministry services. She turned to Jesus and accepted his forgiveness, went through RCIA, and became a Catholic. When Holly was released from prison, she made a whole new beginning—one that would not only change her own life, but the lives of more than a thousand other women.

A Journey toward Recovery. Holly Isaac started this journey years ago when—married with five children—she faced serious personal and...


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