Welcome to G.R.O.W.
Grace Restores Overcoming Women
Grace Restores Overcoming Women (GROW) is a faith based, non-profit, organization that strives to assist women who are re-entering society after incarceration. Currently assisting women in Johnson County, KS.
For some prisoners, especially those that have spent years or decades of their lives locked up, getting out comes with a mixture of overwhelming joy and anxiety. They often want to start over, but don’t know how to achieve that. They need somewhere to live, to work. They need counseling, but have limited resources. To qualify for parole they will have to have a job and a place to live. If they have no place to go they will not qualify for parole. Once released, life on the outside can be a huge challenge - so hard that many of them fail and end up back in prison.
GROW provides the transitional home and services to help them become hardworking, trustworthy individuals.
Ex-offenders frequently just need more “compassion and understanding”. It doesn’t mean you excuse negative behavior. Rather, it means you take people where they are in life and try to help equip them with the skills to make them more effective in their life.
Many prisoners also feel rejected by society once they are released. Prejudice, intolerance and stereotypes abound; this affects those who have used their time in prison effectively as much as those who have not.
Academics and criminal experts underscore the responsibility society has in taking part in the rehabilitation process. Trusting ex-prisoners to turn their lives around can turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy. Successful re-entry of former offenders returning to our community is critical to reducing recidivism, saving taxpayer dollars and building safer, healthier neighborhoods.
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you? And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’