Pen Bay Ministries plans transition house for women released from jail

Apr 16, 2018

Rockland — This summer, Pen Bay Ministries hopes to open a new home for women recently released from the Knox County Jail who are in recovery from drug addicition, according to Amanda Gardner, a member of the organization's board. The facility will be next to the Irving Station at the intersection of Camden Street and Waldo Avenue, across from the Texaco car wash, she said.

Woman of any age struggling with substance abuse, who have been released from the jail will be eligible, Gardner said. She added that Pen Bay Ministries has a mentoring program for women at the jail, which she has been involved in for two and a half years, and she expects to fill the transition house's four beds from among the members of that program. Women will stay at the house for eight to 12 months. They will receive therapy from social workers at the house, and will also get help to find a job and a place of their own to live, Gardner said. They will not be charged to live at the transition house until they are working.

Addiction treatment will not include medication, she said, describing it as "a Christian program." Gardner, who has an associate degree in criminal justice and is working on her bachelor's in that field, will be the "live-in parent" at the house; there will also be volunteer overnight staff.

Gardner described her role this way, "make sure the ladies are all safe, make sure they are attending programs, and to make sure they are staying on the right track through their recovery. We will also have a case manager who I will meet with to help me make sure they are going down the right path."

Pen Bay Ministries is in the process of the renovating the house, and hopes to open in June or July. It is also raising funds for the project, with a goal of $10,000. To support the project, or for more information, contact Gardner at

Comments (1)
Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Apr 16, 2018 15:29

WOW! The fruit didn't fall far from the tree when Amanda was born.

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