Hometown Highlight: Patsy’s Place
Patsy’s Place, located in Amarillo, Texas, has made it its mission to provide women, who have been incarcerated, with second chances and with the help they need to live successful lives. Serving as a transitional home for women residing in correctional facilities, the organization and its volunteers nurture and mentor women as they meet the overwhelming obstacles faced, upon release from county jails and prisons.
Operating under the Sharing Hope Ministry, Patsy’s Place was founded in 2011 for women in Randall and Potter counties. Special Projects Coordinator Stevi Larson said that before Patsy’s Place was founded, volunteers from the Sharing Hope Ministry were going into jails and noticing that many of the women coming out of jail were not having successful stories after their release, so they decided to create the program to make a difference.
With living facilities accommodating 14 women, the structured facility serves as a 12-month, parole-approved transitional home/program where women can stay and prepare to reenter the workforce. Offering classes in topics such as financial training, car maintenance and basic life skills, Larson said they are able to prepare the women to make it on their own.
“Many of the women who come here, come straight from jail or prison,” Larson said. “For most, they have been without work for quite some time. We teach them how to create a resume, apply for a job and we perform mock interviews.”
The classes are taught by volunteers who also help in different avenues. Whether it be fundraising, helping teach, or supplying donations to ensure the residents have basic needs met, Larson said they are always in need of volunteers.
Patsy’s Place accepts donations such as: laundry soap, hygiene products, household cleaning supplies and kitchen and bathroom paper goods. To find out more about how you can make a difference by volunteering or for a complete list of needed donation items, please visit their website.