Group gathers to support women returning to society

From NBC12 News

RICHMOND, VA (NBC12) - Residents of south Richmond have a unique approach to keeping crime off our streets.

They want to build a home to help women adjust to life after prison.

The home would work with local programs to help the women become productive members of society.

The building is in the Brookhaven Farms area, right off Hull Street and Chippenham.

The group "Building the Fire Within" held a neighborhood event Saturday, trying to drum up support for the transitional home.

Organizers say they hope to house about five women -- and their families.

"I think it's important because the recidivism rate is very high," said project spokesperson Shirley Richardson. "When women come out of prison, they have no place to go. They're homeless, they have no place to go. They want to be transformed back into the community with their families. They want to be connected to their families."

The group still must receive the approval of the neighborhood before it can go ahead with plans for the transitional home.

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