Ground Breaking - September 28, 2022

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Site of the new Worship Center
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Officials from TDCJ, the Warden, the Chaplain, and Board Members from Joseph's Hammer break ground at the site of the new worship center.
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Pam Stevenson, Chairman of Joseph's Hammer

Paige Lechler, Board of Directors for Joseph's Hammer

Ellen Halbert - Halbert has fought for restorative justice since her brutal attack in 1986. In 1995, a substance abuse treatment prison for women in Burnet, TX, named 
its 600-bed ward the Ellen Halbert Unit. Two years later, U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno presented Halbert with a National Crime Victim Service Award.

Chaplain Mark Cartwright of the Halbert Unit
  • Did you know there’s a women’s prison in the Highland Lakes Area? The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has approximately 1100 different women passing through the Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facility (SAFPF) in Burnet for recovery programs every year. 
  • Three fourths of these women are serving their first prison sentence, and the others are coming out of longer sentences. They all get the 6-8 month drug/alcohol treatment they so desperately need before they go home to their communities and families across Texas. Many are victims of physical or sexual abuse. They are frightened, hungry for truth, and desperate to turn their lives around.
  • There’s no dedicated place for women to worship or attend faith-building classes at Ellen Halbert … yet.  We know (the evidence is irrefutable) that participation in faith-based studies and programs is the critical factor in determining the future success of these women. Now because of limited space, some women are being turned away and cannot participate in the very thing that can help them the most to be good parents, good neighbors and good citizens.



Building a place for transformation