Who We Are
Leaving the Cocoon was established in 2003 by Vicki Harvey, a homemaker, while working with the Federal Prison Ministry. From 2003-2007, Vicki mentored 60 women. She needed to multiply her efforts in reaching her goal of getting every woman in prison a mentor if she wanted one. In 2008, Vicki brought in Malinda Wilson, a counselor who specialized in reentry. They help folks establish themselves through mentoring, counseling, and a “continuum of care” services.
In 2007, Leaving The Cocoon became the official woman's mentoring program for the Tennessee Department of Correction calling them a “pioneer in reentry mentoring.” Their mission: to show Christ-like compassion to the incarcerated and help rebuild their lives outside prison so that they may reach their God-given potential. The TDOC was encouraged by our low recidivism rate so they asked them to expand services to offer man's mentoring for the pre-release program, Genesis.
Types Of Activity
Mentoring, counseling and advocacy.
Tennessee Prison for Women, Charles Bass Correctional Complex Annex and smaller programs in Knoxville & Memphis' female facilities
About Our Prison Ministry
Support has been provided largely through a team of mentors who come by way of church partners. We are prayer about expanding and are looking to the Lord for guidance in areas of beginning a Life Skills campus for housing women reentering society from incarceration. We see a huge need for affordable housing with a beautiful, inspiring and even fun environment in which they can thrive.
Churches where we would be able to tell our story to small groups in order to get volunteer mentors both men and women. Funding for our professional counseling which is done on a sliding scale fee structure. Just the right home/apartment building that would work for an investor and us
More Christians involved in aftercare who can role model Christ's love.