About Us

We provide holistic services to incarcerated and previously incarcerated women to improve their health and well-being and provide opportunities for personal growth and empowerment.


What We Do

Hope Rises, a 501(c)3 nonprofit in Little Rock, AR, offers a comprehensive program for previously incarcerated women to transform their lives and achieve successful reentry into their community.

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Our innovative program includes:

  • Case Management with Individualized Case Plan
  • Risk/Needs Assessment
  • Trauma Support Groups
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Health and Wellness Education
  • Organized Physical Activities
  • Personal Growth and Empowerment Course
  • Economic Empowerment Course
  • Parenting Classes
  • Employment Assistance
  • Community Engagement

Why We Do It

Women face a unique pathway to crime that differs from men. This pathway is often unaddressed in the male-dominated correctional setting or by reentry service providers. To reduce the risk of re-incarceration, research confirms the importance of addressing the following factors common to women:

  • History of physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse
  • Poor mental and physical health
  • Abuse of substances, often to self-medicate mental health issues (comorbidity)
  • Economically disadvantaged often with few skills and irregular work histories
  • The return to full-time parenting

While the experience similarly impacts both genders, women are more likely to experience increased stigma and difficulty accessing resources upon release. Life circumstances of incarcerated women – circumstances that bring them into corrections and that influence their reintegration into the community – are not managed effectively in reentry programs designed to address the needs of men.