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Let's Start

This program aims to break the cycle of incarceration in families by working with formerly incarcerated women and their children to support recovery and reentry.

Activities within the program: 

  • Monday Night Healthy Relationships Group at Mission STL

  • ​Tuesday Night Women's Support Group at St. Vincent Church

  • Support Groups at MSI & St. Louis County

  • Substance Abuse Case Management 

  • Thursday Family Support Group for families dealing with addiction at U-City Library

  • Monthly bus trips to Vandalia Correctional Center

To refer a client for services, complete our online referral form: 

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Let's Start History

Let’s Start began in 1989 when Sr. Jackie Toben SSND and three formerly incarcerated women began meeting informally. Since that time, Let’s Start has developed a support process for women in transition.

Women coming out of prison immediately face a number of challenges: housing, education, employment, dysfunctional families, or addictions. They are faced with overwhelming demands which often leave them feeling alone and powerless.

Let’s Start is a process dedicated to assisting women in transition from prison life to society. It is unique in that it is coordinated by women who themselves have been through the criminal justice system.

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