Family & Children’s Services Women in Recovery (WIR), an intensive outpatient alternative to incarceration for eligible women facing long-term prison sentences for drug-related offenses, graduated 13 women in its latest class. This remarkable group consists of mothers and grandmothers of 30 children and three grandchildren.
The 13 graduates overcame 197 collective years of addiction to complete the WIR program. All new graduates are employed, and 100% of them have been reunited with their children.
“We could not be prouder of these women,” said Mimi Tarrasch, Chief WIR Program Officer. “They have overcome so much to get where they are today, and defeated obstacles that most of us can only imagine.”
Five women have graduated, and two are taking part in the Central Tech Welding program. One received her CDL-B license through Tulsa Tech, one received her CNC Machining license through Tulsa Tech while another is enrolled in classes. One graduate has completed F&CS Peer Recovery Support Specialist (PRSS) classes, and another is currently enrolled, and one works at the F&CS Thrift Store.
Parents, children, family members, co-workers and friends attended the graduation ceremony held at the Tulsa Technology Center’s Lemley Campus and via Zoom for family members unable to attend.
“These women are looking forward to becoming part of the WIR continuing care sisterhood,” Tarrasch said.
“We would also like to extend our sincerest appreciation to our funders, partners, volunteers and supporters,” she added.