L'OREAL WOMAN OF WORTH

SUELLEN FRIED: FOUNDER, REACHING OUT FROM WITHIN

Thirty-three years ago, a remarkable, self-help prison rehabilitation program was brought to the Kansas State Penitentiary by activist SuEllen Fried who persuaded officials to establish it inside the walls with the help of a Lifer’s Club member there. The idea just hit a chord. So many people had the hunger to understand the roots of violence in their lives – from child, spousal, sexual and substance abuse to issues with authority, anger management and other problems, the program became instantly accepted on the inside. Soon, under the initiative, counseling and guidance of dedicated volunteers and caring professionals, the prison rehabilitation spread with weekly meetings becoming the norm – intensive sessions of frank soul-searching, shared intimacy and mutual respect. In the meetings, members have to participate openly by showing the courage to reveal details of their previously closed lives, question their destructive patterns and reflect on how they might change. The only thing brutal in the meetings is the honesty constantly on display. The goal of the prison program is simple: 
to transform lives. To change deep down feelings of hopelessness, despair and disconnection to hope, affirmation, empathy and love. These are new emotions, totally foreign to most members until they’re able to confront and uncover them in themselves. (Source: https://rofw.org/about)

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