Green Country Girl Scouts Reconnect With Moms Transitioning From Prison

Thursday, August 19th 2010, 1:04 pm
By: News On 6

TULSA, Oklahoma -- Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma whose mothers have been in prison are taking part in a Project Reconnect graduation ceremony Thursday night.

The Girl Scouts and their mothers will celebrate the completion of a year-long program as the moms transition into life after prison.

The graduation ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. at Tulsa Community College's Northeast Campus, 3727 E. Apache Street.

"All of the daughters of the incarcerated mothers are Girl Scouts, and we bring them together to work on rebuilding their families," said Becky Graheck, Girl Scouts Communication Specialist. "We transport the daughters to the prisons to spend time with their moms.

"The moms also receive vocational training and drug and family counseling outside of the time they spend with their children."

The goal of Project Reconnect is that the released women have jobs when they come out of prison, Graheck said. This is the third year that the re-entry program has taken place.