A New Way of Life for Women Leaving Prison
By Gretchen Heidemann
Last week, A New Way of Life Reentry Project founder Susan Burton was interviewed on the CBS show The Talk. The entire week was a celebration of mothers, with Susan appearing in a segment called “Moms Who Move Us.”
Sharon Osbourne, one of the show's hosts, came out to the reentry home with her film crew to interview residents and capture the work that Susan does as a mother figure to women coming home from prison. They discussed the loss of Susan's son in 1981 and explored her relationship—past and present—with her daughter Antoinette Carter. (If you've ever attended an event at A New Way of Life, you've likely experienced Antoinette’s amazing food! Her support of her mother's work shows in the love she pours into her catering.)
Susan was a 2006 Soros Justice Fellow. A New Way of Life is a grassroots, nonprofit home for formerly incarcerated women in South Los Angeles. Under Susan’s leadership, the organization has provided resources and support to hundreds of women.
Gretchen Heidemann is director of development at A New Way of Life Reentry Project.