SISTER Connection exists to serve by
cultivating hope and integrity

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. Eighty percent do not succeed and return to prison within five years.

Due to their criminal record, women returning to their community have difficulty finding work and housing and are often excluded from public assistance. SISTER connects with local employers, community programs, the court system, Child Protective Services, landlords, businesses, churches, food banks and other needed assistance giving participants an opportunity and the information needed to make successful choices.

Our passion is to encourage and equip women to make healthy, life-building choices and to know and experience, the love of their Heavenly Father.

SISTER Connection is an integral piece of their recovery puzzle. The Support Group in Tucson (Tuesday, 6:30-8:30pm), 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

Cheryl Tuck

President

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 Beddard

Catherine Beddard

Treasurer

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

Dale Shoots

Vice-President

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

Secretary

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.

Welcome to a fresh start…

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Jeremiah 29:11