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Genesis II home hopes to give formerly incarcerated women a second chance

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DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) -

In just two weeks, a home in Dothan will open its doors to help give formerly incarcerated women a second chance.

Kindra Trawick, who will serve as the night manager at the Genesis II transitional home, knows firsthand how incarceration can impact a family.

"I was 19-years-old when my mother was incarcerated," Trawick said. "I actually had physical custody of my three little brothers."

Now 27-years-old, Trawick is hoping to be a part of the process in helping previously incarcerated woman, like her mother, rebuild their relationships with their families.

"I want to help the woman get back on track and to know why it is so important," Trawick said. "They are needed no matter what in their child's life and in their family's life."

Every month in Dothan, 75 women return back to the community after they have been released from prison or jail. Many times, those women do not have any help re-entering society. The Genesis II house is hoping to provide them with the means to get back on their feet.

"Women come out of prison completely beat down, needing tremendous dental work, tremendous self esteem work and relationship work," said Holly Whitehead, who will be the day manager for Genesis II. "They come out often completely beat down."

Genesis II is a project of Healthy You Incorporated. After months of fixing up the house and collecting community donations, the home is close to opening its doors. Six previously incarcerated women will be able to stay for up to one year.

"We just think with the right people and right support services, that these women can go on to become very productive citizens of this community," said Whitehead.

There is an application process to be accepted into the program. The program is funded by a federal grant and from donations from the community.

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