SISTER Connection exists to serve by cultivating hope and integrity
The statistics are overwhelming with more than 1100 women releasing from prison in Pima County each year. The average time spent incarcerated is 49 months for state inmates and 66 months for federal prisoners. Seventy-five percent are mothers; 65% have children under the age of 18. Due to their criminal record, the women have difficulty finding work and housing and are often excluded from public assistance. Eighty percent of these women do not succeed and return to prison within five years. It is our belief these women can be empowered to take the steps necessary to not only succeed, but shine. Our passion is to encourage them to connect with their heavenly Father and His perfect plan for their lives. This is more than a process of acquiring information to meet needs; it is about building and nurturing their relationship with God and other women. SISTER Connection is an integral piece of their recovery puzzle. The Support Group has been meeting since March 2003 providing women with a safe place to come; participate in a Bible study; connect with other women facing similar challenges; and receive information on 12 Step Groups, employment opportunities, housing and transportation.
Sister Connection Leadership Team
Cheryl Tuck is the Director of SISTER Connection – Tucson, a member of the Board of Directors since 2000 and President since 2010. Cheryl’s passion for women to connect with their heavenly Father and His plan for their lives helped lay the foundation for the first SISTER Connection. “It is my prayer that SISTER Connection be a safe and inspiring place for women to embrace their unique and vital roles as mothers, wives, daughters, and friends with hearts captivated by Jesus Christ.”
Catherine has helped facilitate the SISTER Connection Support Group in Tucson since 2003 and has served on the Board of Directors since 2005. She also works with Wren (Women’s Reentry Network) and goes into the Tucson Women’s jail leading a program she developed entitled Finding ME in all of This. Cat says with great enthusiasm, “I am a new creation in Christ Jesus, delivered from addiction, prison and abuse. God is faithful and trustworthy; look what He has done with me!
Dale Shoots began her journey with Sister Connection in 2001 as a prayer warrior. She now serves as Vice President and heads up Threads of Connection, a group which helps women learn to sew and become an integral part in giving back to the community. She is also Co-Coordinator of Project Linus, Tucson. Project Linus is a national organization that makes quilts for children who have experienced trauma or who have other serious needs. Dale’s passion in life is to “do God’s work”.
Jerrilyn (Jerri) Tucker
Jerrilyn (Jerri) Tucker has served on the Board of SISTER Connection since 2013. Jerri feels God’s guidance led her to SISTER Connection. Her experience as a daughter to elderly parents, as a mother to three grown children, and as a grandmother to six grandchildren, along with 30+ years of work experience, to guide her in making decisions and participating on the Board of Directors.